Leaders across the globe are being lauded for their handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Many have offered support in comfort to their communities in a time of need. One such leader is New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
On Monday, Ardern clarified to worried children in the community that the Easter Bunny and tooth fairy are considered essential workers, despite overwhelming fear that the coronavirus pandemic has brought upon global community members.
"You'll be pleased to know that we do consider both the tooth fairy and the Easter Bunny to be essential workers," she said with a smile. She went on to say that while these two creatures will be working, they may be "quite busy" and unable to visit every home.
"But as you can imagine, at this time they're going to be potentially quite busy at home with their family as well and their own bunnies," Ardern continued.
She went on with further words of comfort for young kids in the area. "I say to the children of New Zealand, if the Easter Bunny doesn't make it to your household, we have to understand that it's a bit difficult at the moment for the bunny to perhaps get everywhere," she explained.
Ardern then suggested a different take on the classic Easter egg hunt that children usually enjoy in the spring, suggesting that community members hang photos of colorful eggs in their windows to aid in a unique, social distancing friendly hunt for kids.
Ardern announced on March 25th that there would be a four-week nationwide lockdown, forcing all New Zealanders to stay home unless for essential work and errands. She has not yet stated whether the lockdown measures will be lifted or extended.