Big birthday bashes on backburner


Bella O’Connor had not made any big plans for her 16th birthday party, and that was probably a good thing.

When the day rolled around yesterday, she was one of thousands of people who will celebrate their birthdays over the next few weeks while in coronavirus lockdown in ways quite different from what they may have originally had in mind.

She spent the day “just chilling at home” in Dunedin, unwrapping cards from friends and family, making her own cake and calling her grandparents.

“It is kind of strange. I would have liked to have done something with my friends but obviously I can’t.

“I’m not up to much. I’ll wait until my dad gets home from work and then unwrap my present.”

She hoped to plan an outing with her friends once the lockdown ended.

Otago Daily Times