Dave Adamson wrote to me recently enclosing a newsletter from his choir. He wrote:
This action has become more obvious in the last few weeks right through society, and it’s going to cause some strife, but it’s the only way to go. If you want to play golf you can’t walk onto the greens in your hobnailed boots. By joining a club, you are agreeing to abide by the rules, it’s called being part of society and conforming to its membership conditions.
The newsletter to the choir stated:
It has become increasingly clear over the last couple of weeks that the highly infectious delta variant of the virus is extremely difficult to eliminate and that we are moving to a situation where we will have to “live with” the virus. Critical to that is having a very high proportion of the population vaccinated.
Our choruses have been rehearsing while wearing masks which is not only very difficult to do but based on the medical advice we have received also not nearly as safe as having everyone vaccinated. The board would like our choruses to be able to rehearse without masks as soon as practicable.
To do that we require everyone present to be fully vaccinated. So, you can see where this heading – at some stage when the board considers that sufficient members of each chorus have been vaccinated and we have met all other requirements such as any imposed by the Government and the owners of our rehearsal venues, the board will make the decision that a chorus can rehearse without masks, but that only members who are fully vaccinated can attend. This may sound like a tough approach, but it is the only way through.
How effective is the Ministry of Health?
The centralised thinking of government is really worrying. In the attached article Eric Crampton, from the New Zealand Institute, he has written about a private laboratory which has been offering swabs for Covid testing to the MOH for a year. This was declined at the time and now it is being requisitioned, if I read the article below correctly.
My main concern is that, once again, the MOH is demonstrating that it could not run a booze up in a brewery. This business had offered its services and product. The MOH had not thought things through from a long-term perspective and had a proper plan. Instead, it stumbled along and thought short term. Then it decided that this service was needed, and it became a difficult process for both parties.
When will the government acknowledge that the MOH is making them vulnerable with its poor organisation and one day it will come apart in a spectacular manner?
Here’s the article. Form your own opinion. https://www.newsroom.co.nz/pro/eric-crampton-beware-of-the-leopard-and-the-ministry-of-health