- Publish Date
- Friday, 15 May 2020, 8:10AM
Hilary Barry is reminding New Zealanders to be kind and patient, as the country settles into a new "normal" on alert level 2.
And she is asking New Zealanders to be particularly patient with senior citizens, many of whom will now be leaving their homes for the first time in seven weeks.
Taking to Facebook, the much-loved presenter wrote: "Sending some virtual hugs and love to any seniors out there.
"I've had some older people tell me they've been a bit overwhelmed today with the start of level 2 and going out and doing their own shopping for the first time and not being used to the Covid-19 protocols.
"It's easy to forget most over 70's have been house-bound for the last 7 weeks with family and friends getting their shopping for them," she added.
So if you see someone looking a bit bewildered or anxious down at the shops please be patient."
Barry's followers flocked to the comment section to agree with her advice.
"Not just the elderly...this is awful...much preferred lockdown," one person wrote.
"I'm a hairdresser and have just had a client in her 70's in tears in my chair. She's feeling overwhelmed and fearful," another said.