Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny are ‘essential workers,’ New Zealand’s prime minister says

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has named the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy

The country declared a state of emergency March 25 to try and curb the spread of the novel virus.

The country's five million residents have been in lockdown for nearly two weeks, and are only allowed outside to exercise or for essential trips to get supplies.

Ardern seemed to reflect on this in her answer on Monday, noting that while the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy would still be visiting children, this year's holidays were unusual.

During a press conference in Wellington, Jacinda Ardern was asked whether any exemption was being considered for the Easter Bunny during the country's strict lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield spoke to Nick Ferrari and Vanessa Feltz about comments made by New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern about the characters "working on the frontline" amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"You'll be pleased to know that we do consider both the tooth fairy and the Easter Bunny to be essential workers", Ardern told reporters Monday.

"If you are across the city from your grandmother and you would normally spend Passover Seder with her on Wednesday or Easter dinner with her on Sunday you can't this year".

However, the Prime Minister suggested that "maybe in lieu of the bunny being able to make it to your home, you can create your own Easter hunt for all the children in your neighbourhood".

Feltz then added "I don't think she meant it that way, I think she was injecting a bit of lighthearted humour which is needed at this time". Ardern confirmed that she too had taken part, placing a bear in the front window of Premier House in Wellington, where she is in lockdown with her fiance, Clarke Gayford, and toddler, Neve.

The leader later posted an egg design on her Facebook and Instagram accounts, asking kids to download it and color it in, as part of the Big New Zealand Easter Egg Hunt.

"An Easter egg hunt is not worth your life", he said. "I will see if I can put in a good word on word on behalf of the Easter Bunny as far as Ontario is concerned because I am sure the premier will want to make sure that is done".



Other news