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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has declared the Easter Rabbit as an important worker in his country, stating that rabbits can run their mysterious business this Sunday as usual, despite national closures.
Ardern announced the release in response to rampant speculation by New Zealand’s youngest citizens, who wondered how the coronavirus crisis could affect the arrival of traditional colorful eggs, chocolate and other snacks.
In a big step, Ardern also ruled out doubts about the status of tooth fairy, saying overnight exchange of gifts for tooth loss would continue.
“You will be pleased to know that we consider tooth fairies and Easter rabbits to be important workers,” Ardern told reporters at a recent press conference.
While he gave OK to night visitors to continue their important work, the prime minister also warned that in some cases, the couple might not be able to provide the level of service that young people expect.
“So I say to the children of New Zealand, if the Easter Bunny does not reach your household, then we must understand that at the moment it is rather difficult for rabbits to possibly go anywhere,” Ardern said.
The prime minister also noted that, despite the ability of the Easter Rabbit to operate during a four week lockdown in New Zealand, the Easter egg hunt may not proceed as usual in many places. In that case, he said, children must bring problems into their own hands.
“Maybe you drew an Easter egg and put it in your front window and helped the kids in your neighborhood by hunting for their own Easter eggs,” Arden said, “because the Easter Bunny might not be going anywhere this year.
The leader then posts the egg design to him Facebook and Instagram account, asking children to download it and color it, as part of the Great New Zealand Easter Egg Hunt. Ardern included a hashtag that has since become a magnet for sweet photographs of children and adults who show off their efforts: #NZEggHunt.
With the issue resolved, the prime minister returned to discuss Level 4 warnings in his country, saying that despite being relative low number of cases – 1,160 – New Zealanders should not reduce their vigilance.
“My concern is that anyone who sees our numbers, that they cannot be complacent,” Ardern said. “When anyone decides that they can start loosening at Level 4, it is a dangerous place for New Zealand. The fastest way for us to get out of Level 4 is for everyone to obey Level 4 to the end.”
New Zealand is almost halfway from the lockdown announced at the end of March.
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