The Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy are essential workers and will be exempt from all the norms of the lockdown in place to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said. Though the prime minister did tell children of the island nation that the services provided by both ‘essential workers’ could be affected by the lockdowns imposed.
Addressing a press conference, New Zealand’s prime minister said the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy were “essential workers” after a reporter said that many children were worried their services would be affected by restrictions.
However, Ardern was quick to say that it might be “difficult for the bunny to get everywhere” given the current circumstances. “But as you can imagine, at this time, of course, they’re going to be potentially quite busy at home with their family as well and their own bunnies,” she said.
“So I say to the children of New Zealand if the Easter Bunny doesn’t make it to your household, we have to understand that it’s a bit difficult at the moment perhaps for the bunny to get everywhere,” Ardern said.
New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern confirms Easter Bunny is classed as an “essential worker” but it might be “difficult for the bunny to get everywhere” in current circumstances.
Tooth fairy also confirmed as an essential worker. pic.twitter.com/Jv6o4t2tkG
— Daniel Rosney (@DanielRosney) April 6, 2020
The prime minister also spread festive cheer by organising an Easter egg that kept in mind the present constraints against gatherings.
Putting an image of an Easter egg, Ardern wrote in a social media post, “You can draw your own Easter egg, or you can colour in the one that some of my clever friends helped to make. All you have to do is colour it in or decorate it, and pop it in your window for other kids to find. I’d also love to see your designs. If you email them to firstname.lastname@example.org, or share them on social media using the hashtag #NZEggHunt”
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This is a message for the kids of New Zealand. I’ve been asked by lots of you whether the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny are an essential service (I even got asked in a press conference today!) I have good news, the are! But because we’re all in isolation at the moment, the Easter Bunny might not make it to every house this year (they probably have to look after their own Bunny family too). So just in case, I’m wondering if you’ll help me create an Easter egg hunt for all the children in your neighbourhood? You can draw your own Easter egg, or you can colour in the one that some of my clever friends helped to make. All you have to do is colour it in or decorate it, and pop it in your window for other kids to find. I'd also love to see your designs. If you email them to email@example.com, or share them on social media using the hashtag #NZEggHunt, I'll pop a few of them here and on Facebook over the Easter weekend. Have fun everyone! P.S you can print a copy of this colouring sheet over on my Facebook page.
The prime minister’s statements were appreciated online:
What a lovely lovely woman. So empathic in these unprecedented times. 🐣 🐰 🐣
— Jude (@JudeeJudes) April 7, 2020
😭Well that’s set me right off.😭 Might move to New Zealand when all this is over. She’s amazing. https://t.co/6EiY45xE8D
— Becki (@stageyrebel) April 7, 2020
Well done to New Zealand’s Prime Minister who says the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy are ‘essential workers’ and will do their best to visit despite the #COVID19 lockdown – very important for our littles ones in these uncertain times. 😊🐣 https://t.co/g5UYc3Gw6H
— Michelle Napier (@Michelle_utv) April 7, 2020
I officially love @jacindaardern and New Zealand! If this doesn’t melt your heart, you have no soul!! #EasterBunny and #toothfairy are essential services- official announcement! #Lockdownlols https://t.co/itWqOKnie9
— Chrissy D (@NYTChristian) April 7, 2020
Say it together with me now; Women. Make. Better. Leaders. https://t.co/lI7o1gD9OY
— Izzah Zakaria (@izzahzacko) April 7, 2020
Either move her here or I’ll move there! How lucky are NZ to have a leader like this!! At every single turn she has the compassion, humility, grit and now this… https://t.co/e4uMZ3fCVE
— Beth Fisher (@BethFisherSport) April 6, 2020
This is absolutely wonderful.
Children are dealing with a lot of change, uncertainty and worry right now.
That a PM would reassure them in this way is truly compassionate leadership. Bravo. https://t.co/vYjWvONwVt
— 🕊️ Humanist Quaker (@HumanistQuaker) April 6, 2020
Great to see leaders around the world giving important reassurances to children. Cultural traditions marking special occasions are an important part of childhood. They need to be celebrated differently as we protect health and life by staying home – but we can still celebrate.
— Bruce Adamson (@Bruce_Adamson) April 6, 2020
Having been told that a reporter had received a letter from a child wondering if the Easter Bunny would be exempt from the lockdown, New Zealand’s PM Jacinda Ardern once again showed why she is one of the great world leaders. pic.twitter.com/KtR3eY1w99
— Nick Harvey (@mrnickharvey) April 6, 2020
Look how her eyes light up! 100% genuine empathy.
— Kupacevic89 (@kupacevic89) April 6, 2020
Jacinda for World President 👍
— Mark Petchey (@_markpetchey) April 6, 2020
A lovely positive way to get people onboard. Less about death more about how to get through this sane and happy! Amazing
— Charlotte Moro (@CharlotteMoro1) April 6, 2020
When you thought @jacindaardern couldn’t get any better as a leader.. she drops an exciting #Easter activity for the kids of NZ. Then asks them to send them to her. If ensuring children still get to enjoy Easter during lockdown isn’t leadership I don’t know what is 🐰🖍🧸 https://t.co/poIF4SbJ8b pic.twitter.com/g9ufJCCxGu
— Ashleigh Rushton #stayathome🌋🌊🌨🌪🏳️🌈 (@AshleighJane92) April 6, 2020
Ardern announced a nationwide lockdown on March 25 despite the country having a much lower death toll than the rest of the world.
On Tuesday, Ardern said she had rejected her health minister’s offer to resign for breaching nationwide lockdown rules as doing so would jeopardise plans to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. She instead demoted David Clark to the bottom of cabinet rankings and stripped him of his role as associate finance minister.
In other news, New Zealanders have been placing teddy bears in their windows during coronavirus lockdowns to brighten the mood and to give children a game to play.
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