Easter Bunny deemed ‘essential worker

April 8, 2020

By Nikki Mantell

To all the parents of young children reading this column: I invite you to read the following to your kids sometime before this weekend. Feel free to insert the name of your mayor, the premier, the prime minister, whomever you feel has the most recognition with your kids.


Headline: (Insert preferred leader’s name here) Announces that the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy Are Considered Essential Workers. 


While new COVID-19 rules may mean that the general public, including most workers, face travel restrictions all over the world, (insert leader’s name here) announced April 6 that a special exemption has been granted to the Easter Bunny and that his work has been deemed an “essential service”.


“You’ll be pleased to know that we consider both the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy to be essential workers,” (insert name) said at a press conference. “As you can imagine, at this time, of course, they are going to be particularly quite busy at home with their family as well and their own bunnies.”  

Those are real quotes, from a real press conference held Monday, by a real leader of a first world nation. No, not Donald Trump (shocker), but the uber-cool Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, the youngest female world leader, who has gained international praise for her compassionate and progressive way of governing. 


I bring this up as we round off the fourth week of self isolation, and I don’t know about the rest of you, but the fatigue and stress of the pandemic’s “new normal” – both parents cooped up at home working full time while trying to homeschool (ha!) the kids – is taking its toll. Since my job is to read all the anxiety-inducing headlines about COVID-19 every day, Prime Minister Ardern’s announcement on Twitter (https://twitter.com/DanielRosney/status/1247085420296450049?s=20), along with Wakefield musician Matt Falvai’s afternoon Facebook live concert for kids (check him out, too) were two online discoveries Monday that raised my drooping cheeks into a full-faced, beaming smile. 


So tell your kids, the Easter Bunny will still be able to pass those police checkpoints and make it to your house, even if he’s a bit late. 


It’s in The Low Down, so it must be true.