Unpopular Opinion: I’m Glad We Had Covid Restrictions in Australia

Christopher Kelly
4 min readDec 30, 2022
Image: Anastasiia Chepinska via Unsplash

Australia faced some pretty tough restrictions since March 2020. We had face mask mandates, intermittent lockdowns, daily cases and death counts, and even local travel limits.

And it all depended on which state you were in.

In my home state of New South Wales, there was a time when we weren’t able to travel more than 5km from our home. Oh, how our eyes watered for those who were lucky enough to be near the beach on those warm days. And this was fueled by the media as they shared images of busy Bondi, Manly, and Coogee beaches.

I was a few kilometres short of the coastline…

Sticking with travel limits, because restrictions were dealt by state governments (I have reservations about this), we all faced isolation from the rest of the country. If you had family across the border, you most likely spent Christmas alone — even if ‘across the border’ meant the next suburb over.

It was also a pain having to wear masks everywhere, mostly because we sometimes forgot it when leaving the house and had to backtrack. We’re used to wallets, phones, and keys, but not accustomed to face masks.

The wearing of them came with its own challenges, too, like having the suffer with watering eyes or fogging glasses upon every breath you take.

Despite this, most of us complied, and that was humbling.

And then there were the lockdowns themselves, which was different for every state, and even between metropolitan and regional.

They would come and go, depending on case trajectories, which meant that oftentimes we were free to roam about. I remember the enjoyment of witnessing Sydney’s Mardi Gras with crowds in 2021.

We had our Eurovision entry Montaigne sing her song for the crowd, with the video used officially by Eurovision through its YouTube channel, broadcasted across its European-heavy fan base. Every second comment was “look at that crowd!”

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Christopher Kelly

Just your friendly gay man setting the record straight.