Camp residents bubbling

Mosgiel Caravan Park residents Richard Wallis, front, and Leanne and Wayne McKinlay are making...
Mosgiel Caravan Park residents Richard Wallis, front, and Leanne and Wayne McKinlay are making the best of the lockdown. PHOTO: STEPHEN JAQUIERY
For a group of Mosgiel residents, their campervans and caravans are their homes, castles, and now, bubbles.

Fifteen people are riding out the Alert Level 4 lockdown at the Mosgiel Caravan Park.

One of those is Richard Wallis, who said they were coping pretty well so far.

Some high-risk people were living at the camp, including several people over 70 and a 92-year-old man.

From a safe distance, residents would check on each other each day, Mr Wallis said.

"We try and look out for each other."

They kept up with the news on their TVs, he said. Mr Wallis, the only resident with Wi-Fi, would also let the others know if any breaking news happened.

They could also set up chairs at the end of their sections and chat to other residents from a safe distance.

One night, they set up a fire and created a very well spaced circle of chairs around it, to socialise safely, he said.

"It was good. We’ve just got to make our own entertainment."

Shared bathroom facilities were disinfected after every use to reduce the risk of transmission.

Mr Wallis’ wife was an essential worker at Dunedin Hospital, so she came and went most days.

Most other residents of the camp were good at sticking to the lockdown rules, he said.

daisy.hudson@odt.co.nz

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