Hi Quince, being from regional NSW, I can only imagine how despondent you are feeling. As Quirky said, ‘Just when you see the finish line, it moves’ .
As per your comments, it’s funny (not really ! ) what individual people find most important in these situations. I do however feel for you, not being able to see your loved one for such an extended period of time, is no doubt very upsetting.
I have a very good friend who has not been able to return home to Scotland, and has missed some important family events & funerals. Although she is such a bubbly person naturally, I see the impact this situation is having on her. Just to know that you are not able to just jump on a plane, so freely as before, is quite confronting.
Yes, I have been lucky where I live (so far), but please know that there are those of us out here, that do think about people, like you, and everyone else that has been impacted, and you are in our thoughts.
Given the situation in SA, it has proven circumstances can change in the blink of an eye for any state, especially those states accepting returned overseas travellers.
Fingers crossed you get to see your loved one, sooner rather than later .