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Final lockdown lifting in England with mixed feelings: holidays, and reaching out during these bizarre times…

Hello there you!

So this week in England, our PM Boris Johnson announced that most restrictions will be lifted by 19th July, i.e all face masks and social distancing scrapped (apart from airports where a 1 metre rule will still apply and its entirely up to each individual about mask wearing). I know I’ll still wear mine in smaller spaces and on public transport. Also a new Health Secretary Sajid Javid was appointed in recent weeks (tut tut tut to the previous ones shenanigans). Working from home was also announced to be no longer mandatory from 19th July.

Now. I’m very mixed about all this as I’m sure you are too. Especially with this awful Delta Variant floating about and with cases rising every day: with predictions of over 100,000 cases by August.

Its been the most bizarre, challenging time for humanity. Like reruns of the Twillight Zone. Naturally people are worrying if we’re heading for another full lockdown again and if more variants will pop up. On the up side however, the vaccines are rolling out at a fast pace in England and anyone who is fully vaccinated don’t need to self-isolate from 16th August, if they’ve been in contact with someone who’s had a positive Covid test that is.

Holidays/breaks:

Have you been on a holiday yet or do you have one planned? I’m hoping to get away myself in August with my family, although there is always that ‘what if’ little doubt in my head as to whether lockdown (sick of that bloody word at this stage) will happen again. But at the moment I’m remaining positive/focussed that we will have that holiday!


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Clouds do always pass and its all about floating with whatever each day brings: bit like the weather. Knowing this will pass, brighter days are ahead and learning to live with Covid. Something that will always be part of our lives going forward. These are challenging, daunting and confusing times for us all.

Reaching out:

Reaching out, talking to each other about your worries during this time is so important if feeling overwhelmed with the whole situation. Normality is very much at a standstill, although slowly returning. Being realistic and honest about how you are feeling with others can help with any anxieties.

Brighter days are ahead and we’ve come so so far since that first lockdown on 23/03/20; before there was even a sniff of a vaccine.

How are you doing/feeling about it all? Are you nervous about returning back to work in the office and the commute? Will you scrap your mask wearing come 19th July?

Thank you for reading my post, stay safe, keep going and society will get through this. Encouraging, supporting and being kind to each other.

5 replies on “Final lockdown lifting in England with mixed feelings: holidays, and reaching out during these bizarre times…”

Hi! I came from Sabah, Malaysia. The condition was not good as well. Recently, we are in 3.0 Lockdown phase. Quite hard to hanging on, but ya no choice. Encouraging post, stay safe

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I like the idea of a no mask world again, but it’s definitely scary. Didn’t we do this last year? Lift the restrictions and then go back into full lock down right before the kids had to go back to school? It’s nerve wrecking.
We haven’t gone many places since 2019 or been around many people…. which is probably why I started this blog 😄 and to finally get some of my artwork “out there”
My husband and I have been talking about a beach trip, the kids REALLY want to go, we live about 2 hrs from a few, but it just seems so different now. I think we might do a day trip, I’m not really up for staying in hotel again quite yet!

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Its so scary isn’t it and what a bizarre time its been, in and out of lockdown! Its been a great time to focus on the arts, our creative sides though 😊…Oh a beach trip sounds amazing – I cant wait until we go back to Ireland to the Atlantic Coast to some fab beaches… I’m with you on the hotel stay and plenty of time for that. Thanks so much for commenting 😊

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