Extreme times call for extreme measures. It was the sentiment echoed by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday as he unveiled the government's latest $66 billion "safety net" package. Closer to home, Premier Peter Gutwein stressed the need for Tasmanians to remain vigilant. So far, we are doing a good job of stopping the spread of coronavirus, but we need to do better. We need a "team Tasmania" response, the Premier said.
We also need a common sense approach. Because as the unprecedented situation continues to unfold, this might be one of our best lines of defence. Self-isolation is the responsibility of everyone. And as much as the coronavirus pandemic is a health crisis, it is also an economic one.
There are many Tasmanians who are feeling the pinch at the moment. And it will probably only get worse. However, we have already seen incredible examples of resilience from Northern Tasmania's small business community.
The Examiner's Buy Local campaign, with support from the Launceston Chamber of Commerce and Cityprom, aims to highlight examples of this.
Within a week of Harvest Launceston announcing it would be cancelling its Saturday gatherings indefinitely, the committee had launched an online platform so consumers could still purchase their favourite local produce from afar.
Countless cafes, pubs, restaurants have also adapted - offering takeaway and home delivered meals. The effects of this are twofold - it helps people who are choosing to stay in, but who still want to support their local hospitality businesses.
Because when times get tough, communities rally together. Even among the doom and gloom, there are always examples of people going above and beyond.
So as things continue to unfold, we must try to remain positive and supportive of those who need support the most. This includes our health workers on the front-line particularly. Even thought they don't have a choice but to go to work at the moment, it doesn't mean they are immune to the challenges facing many.