Coronavirus: Retirement village residents share happy hour from afar


Footage shared by cabinet minister Andrew Little shows residents at the Bob Scott retirement village in Lower Hutt enjoying their happy hour while observind social distancing rules from their balconies.

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Footage shared by cabinet minister Andrew Little shows residents at the Bob Scott retirement village in Lower Hutt enjoying their happy hour while observind social distancing rules from their balconies.

Residents at a Lower Hutt retirement village have been enjoying each other’s company from a safe distance in the midst of the coronavirus emergency.

In a video shared by cabinet minister Andrew Little on social media residents of the Bob Scott Retirement Village can be seen enjoying a drink and socialising from their balconies during their weekly happy hour.

The footage was taken by his former executive assistant, credited only as “Shona” who lives at the facility with her husband.

“See how the residents are uniting, while maintaining social distancing to protect each other… Self-isolation isn’t social isolation, whatever your age,” Little posted.

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Rhyman Healthcare spokesman David King said the footage was shot last Friday during happy hour at the independent apartments wing.

For the last two weeks residents at the Bob Scott Retirement Village in Lower Hutt have been having drinks and chippies brought to their room because of the coronavirus emergency.

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For the last two weeks residents at the Bob Scott Retirement Village in Lower Hutt have been having drinks and chippies brought to their room because of the coronavirus emergency.

The residents’ usual happy hour and other gatherings, including visits by friends and family, had been deemed too risky with the ongoing coronavirus emergency so for the last two weeks they had their drinks and chippies delivered to their rooms.

The novel execution of the occasion was a good way for residents to enjoy the company of their neighbours despite the restrictions on social contact, King said.