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…