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Easter celebrations the eggs-emption to the COVID-19 lockdown


11 April 2020 at 9:00 am
Luke Michael
All around the world, people are determined to stop coronavirus from ruining Easter 


Luke Michael | 11 April 2020 at 9:00 am


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Easter celebrations the eggs-emption to the COVID-19 lockdown
11 April 2020 at 9:00 am

All around the world, people are determined to stop coronavirus from ruining Easter 

COVID-19 has disrupted almost every facet of society in 2020, but it seems not even a global pandemic can stop people getting their chocolate fix this Easter.

In the UK, Cadbury has donated 13,000 Easter eggs to the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton, in a show of appreciation for NHS workers.

On Facebook, the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust expressed their gratitude for the gesture.

“A big thank you to Cadbury UK for donating 13,000 Easter eggs for our hardworking staff,” the post said.

“Tim from our Derby & Burton Hospitals Charity is overseeing the distribution today, with the help of a team of volunteers from across the Trust.”

Over in Belgium, The Royal Belgian Association of Chocolate, Pralines, Biscuit and Confectionary (Choprabisco) is donating 10 million Easter eggs, sweets and biscuits to help care home residents and workers looking after vulnerable people.

In a statement, Choprabisco said: “Quite a number of Belgian will have a very different Easter this year due to the corona crisis. However, Belgium’s chocolate-makers want to ensure that everyone can still enjoy some delicious chocolate”.

Easter bunny still has a spring in its step          

While countries across the world are implementing strict travel restrictions to combat COVID-19, leaders are making an exemption for one worker this weekend – the Easter bunny.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declared the Easter bunny was an “essential worker”, ensuring the rabbit was free to deliver chocolate to Kiwi children this Sunday.

But she said even the Easter bunny may have trouble finding chocolate during the pandemic.

“If the Easter bunny doesn’t make it to your household, then we have to understand that it’s a bit difficult at the moment,” Ardern said.

Australia has decided to follow suit, with the nation’s chief medical officer Brendan Murphy giving the Easter bunny his blessing.

 “I’m told because he’s a solo operator and an essential service, he or she will be allowed to continue to operate,” Murphy said.

 This announcement has been echoed by various other Australian leaders, including Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan, who issued an “official eggs-emption” to the Easter bunny.


Luke Michael  |  Journalist  |  @luke_michael96

Luke Michael is a journalist at Pro Bono News covering the social sector.

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