Pre VS Post COVID Life
Life has changed dramatically since the pandemic, it has taken a 360 -degree turn and is unlikely to change for some time yet! The world has felt the effects with all industries being affected greatly including Travel, food, and drink plus large sports events. Although the UK has eased the lockdown it is still ongoing and on the 5th of July, the government will provide us with an update on the next steps to take to end the lockdown. International Travel Since March 2020 non-essential international travel has been banned, only travel for work or emergency purposes was permitted. It was the first summer in several years that I did not travel. Just when we thought that life was back to normal after the first lockdown ended, the 2nd one was reinstated in November 2020 so it was a really tough time. In April 2021 lockdown was eased, however, there was still a travel ban. Not until May 2021 a UK Traffic light travel system was created which meant that Green list countries we could travel to without having to quarantine. Amber list countries mean that you need to take a covid text before travel and on return plus quarantine for 10 days when back. Red list countries mean you should avoid the country at all costs. "24 June – travel corridors update" The Guardian 2021 Small businesses Have been affected greatly, due to the closure of non-essential businesses this has been detrimental due to the businesses unable to maintain or make profits while closed. Even bigger businesses have had to close down branches or the business as a whole so the small ones had little chance. If your business began during the pandemic it is unlikely to have survived. Restaurants Restaurants were closed during the lockdown and once opened rules were put in places such as social distancing insides and masks had to be worn when ordering and tables booked in advance plus covid screening test forms had to be filled in before sitting down. Eating or drinking out has never been the same too many rules were put in place, however many still go out to socialise a few rules won't stop them. Meeting friends/Family gatherings very hard time especially for those living alone, unless you were living with a relative you were not permitted to see them or have any physical contact with family. This was distressing especially during holidays such as Christmas and birthdays. Weddings were also limited to only 30 people which in some cultures can be difficult as several family and friends need to attend thee weddings, due to t this rule many weddings were postponed or cancelled.Funerals were also limited to 30 attendees which of course was even more distressing. Supermarkets/Shopping centers Essential supermarkets like Sainsbury Tesco, Iceland plus chemists, and health shops remained open however non-essential ones such as clothe makeup, Electronics were closed. Online shopping took a rise. Clubs/Bars have been closed ever since lock-down march 2020 however bars have opened when lock down first unlighted with rules including only outside seating allowed and when placing an order a mask has to be worn. Working from Home Almost immediately after the pandemic arose many organisations and intuitions had to operate work remotely system, many have been working from home since March 2020 and many will not return to the office, with the option to continue remote working, however, some have opted to go back to the office or part office and part work remotely. Libraries/educational institutions Schools and universities shut to most only virtual learning initially. Primary and secondary schools opened and closed several times causing a lot of childcare issues and confusion and distress to both parents and children causing some parents to opt to work from home to look after children The UK at the moment is still technically in lockdown although non-essential shops, restaurants, and bars have opened plus educational institutions plus organisations. However, on the 5th of July, the government will decide whether or not lockdown will end in July are to be extended. How has lock down affected you whether in the UK or abroad?