Everyone's getting busy again!
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
In England, our covid restrictions changed slightly on 12th April, and non-essential shops are open, swimming pools, libraries etc, and up to six people are allowed to meet outdoors, cafe and pubs can serve drinks and food outdoors, or to take away. The 'stay home' legislation was lifted too, and the school Easter holidays saw an influx of visitors.
More locally, people are getting out more and meeting up more. And I've been finding it hard to find times to meet with my friends! They are busy. I am busy!
Of course, a lot of things are still on zoom, but meeting with friends, eating out etc is now possible.
I've squeezed things into every day this week - some on zoom, and some in real life!
Monday was a book study on zoom
Today (Tuesday) was an art group on zoom, and this evening a Buddhist discussion meeting on zoom
Tomorrow (Wednesday) I'm going to a wildlife sanctuary, then have evening class on zoom in the evening. A friend and I are going to try to have a video call somewhere in between those things.
Thursday I have an hour's voluntary work in the library, then meeting my friend for a coffee in the park, then in the afternoon there's a webinar about sustainability on You Tube.
Friday I'm meeting one friend for coffee at 10am, and another at 3.30pm.
Saturday there's a Buddhist meeting on zoom in the morning, and I have a WEA class about the history of 4 o'clock tea at 5.45 for an hour.
Sunday I've booked a swim at the leisure centre at midday
Suddenly, my diary has filled up with things to do, places to be, people to meet. People are planning trips too - we can stay in self-catering accommodation now, and from 17th May the rest of the hospitality sector can open (I have a hotel booked for end of May). I've had my first vaccination, and the second one is in June. I am doing a lateral flow test every 4 days too.
We are watching the World - and the tragedy unfolding in India with new variants of Covid-19, and places like Brazil where the situation is dire. It is not over yet, by a long way, but we are enjoying some more freedom while we can.