Well, the kids have gone back to school, we’ve got the government’s ‘road map’ and the end of lockdown 3 is in sight.
I don’t know about you, but every lockdown has felt very different, while also feeling very familiar. During lockdown 1, I counted the weeks for a long time. I remember everyone was so hung up on the end of the first three weeks and many people genuinely thought life would instantly get back to normal then. I wasn’t one of them, but I would never in my wildest dreams imagined that it still wouldn’t be normal nearly a year later.
Lockdown 2 in November was a very half-hearted lockdown in retrospect. The kids were still at school and it was a mere four weeks. A Mickey Mouse lockdown.
And here we are at lockdown 3. I haven’t counted the weeks at all. The only way I can have any idea of how long it’s been is the sheer number of crime dramas we’ve watched. It seems a really, really long time since we watched The Serpent and Traces.
I know a lot of people have found lockdown 3 the hardest. I don’t know whether I have or not. I guess I’ve just been resigned to it. We’ve got so used to restrictions over the last year that it doesn’t seem strange any more. It’s just life, isn’t it? The kids are at home (well they were until last week), the shops are closed and everybody’s hair is too long. I can hardly remember life being any other way.
But we’ve got our road map out now. As long as there are no catastrophes along the way, we will all have a lot more freedom from 12th April. The shops, gyms and hairdressers will be open again. Self-catering holidays will be allowed (but guess which family had a holiday booked for the week before?!), we can go to zoos and theme parks and we can eat or drink outside a pub or restaurant.
It won’t be quite ‘normal’, but as far as I’m concerned after all these months of restrictions, it’s normal enough. We’ll have the rule of six outdoors, but slightly better than the rule of six, because it’s six people or two households – so our family of five can meet up with my mum and dad at the same time. To me, that will feel like lockdown is over.
I know many people will still be waiting to meet others indoors and to be able to go to pubs and restaurants with their friends. I know businesses will be desperate for that to happen too. But I’m not going to get myself too excited about 21st June, when supposedly all restrictions will be lifted. We still have to be sure that everything is as safe as possible.
We’ve got a long way to go until then, but I’m just glad that there is some end in sight.
What do you think? Are you ready for lockdown 3 to be over? Are you worried about it?