Robyn Malcolm in MIQ ‘naughty nook’ after candle confiscation

2021-06-09 13:49:54

Actor Robyn Malcolm says she looks like she is within the workforce of 5 million’s naughty nook after being bailed up by MIQ officers for lighting a candle in her room and displaying one too many bottles of wine.

Malcolm, who’s on day three of her managed isolation keep at a Wellington lodge, had the candle confiscated after an Instagram put up confirmed it lit alongside two bottles of wine, which she had not opened.

She informed Checkpoint she was being handled like a baby and can be writing to officers with options for enchancment, however for now she was seeing out her time.

“I’ve simply realized how one can go on Snapchat. I’ve acquired six books about black historical past in America. I’ve acquired a teapot, my yoga mat. I would save my puzzle for day eight. And I have been on the cellphone so much.”

A kind of cellphone calls was not so welcome. It was a name from MIQ officers after somebody dobbed Malcolm in after she made a social media put up.

She recalled the message from officers: “‘Now we have been knowledgeable by our PR division that you’ve got put images up on Instagram and within the {photograph} there’s a scented candle. You are not allowed to gentle candles, so we’ll have to take these from you.'”

Malcolm mentioned the caller additionally talked about they’d seen two bottles of wine within the picture, whereas the MIQ coverage is one bottle allowed per day. They let her hold the bottles.

Malcolm’s good friend had dropped off half a bottle of undesirable crimson wine and the opposite bottle had not been opened. As for the candle, Malcolm informed Checkpoint she had good purpose for lighting it.

She described her room as “very smelly and musty”.

“I may scent cigarette smoke coming from someplace. Having the scented candle was truly a part of desirous to make me really feel like I used to be in a fairly okay place.”

She is staying at Wellington’s Bay Plaza Lodge. It’s her second keep in managed isolation, and she or he is totally vaccinated for Covid-19.

Malcolm mentioned quite than asking her to not gentle the candle, MIQ workers confiscated it. 

“I’m not incarcerated. I’m a law-abiding, tax-paying, community-minded citizen and I’m sacrificing my private liberty, which is totally priceless, willingly, to contribute to protecting Covid-19 out.

“To be handled like that, like some naughty child, is for my part so past the pale.”

Malcolm mentioned she left the nation after incomes nothing in New Zealand final 12 months. She had to go the place the work was.

“I went to America to do a job. I’ve to come back again and quarantine. That is the deal, I get that. However it’s not by selection. I do it… as a result of I wish to keep in New Zealand the place my kids are.”

Her lodge room on this event was tiny, she mentioned, and whereas she revered the necessity to shield the borders, she nervous in regards to the affect on psychological well being for folks at some services who couldn’t depart their rooms.

“We’re not allowed to stroll out that door, and the affect of that’s big.”

She wrote a letter to MIQ officers about methods of enhancing and streamlining managed isolation stays.

“One of many main points is the dearth of consistency throughout services. Individuals say: ‘Oh effectively, you realize we did not have lengthy to place it collectively’ … you’ve got had a 12 months and a half. 

“Consistency round train for example. That is wildly completely different from place to put. Some folks get to go exterior and stroll all day. Different folks get half an hour each three days, relying on the power you are in.

“Meals … is a big one. The meals I am given right here is predominantly white or pale yellow in color.”

She mentioned she might should enter managed isolation once more, and she or he needed to contribute willingly and fortunately.

“It is one factor to lock the borders down, and in America so many individuals would say to me ‘oh my God, your nation did it higher than anyone…’ To date we did. We did a good looking job of protecting Covid-19 out.

“However to have the ability to proceed to do this till we are able to lastly vaccinate everyone, you want the workforce of 5 million on facet.”

She mentioned she was nonetheless a member of the workforce of 5 million.

“Yeah, however I am within the naughty nook.”

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