With meteorological Summer beginning this week, and extra lockdown measures being lifted, we are currently in a period of limbo. For many, the opportunity to reopen their businesses, or to come off Furlough, provides for a period of hope after the Silent Spring of lockdown. The reopening of some shops, with more to follow, gives many the feeling of hope that they can now go and join huge queues outside furniture stores, can now go and meet family and friends, with restrictions, and can start returning to whatever normal has become.
For many, however, those that have been kept away from work, or who have shielded themselves, or who have been personally affected by COVID-19, there is a new fear. A fear that if they go out they may contract the virus. A fear that lockdown measures may be being lifted too quickly.