Thoughts From The Team
“We better go to the pub then dad!” said my seven-year-old on 19th March as the imminent shutting of pubs was reported on the news. At the time few believed we would not be back until July, never mind what the restrictions would look like when we did.
Never has the phrase “Things have changed” been more relevant. Even though the east to west spread of Corona virus was predicted and the lockdown seemed inevitable, we could never have expected just how much life and business would be affected.
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Fast forward x months, you have to forgive the inner mathematician, the lockdown has ended and the health impacts of the Coronavirus are behind us; people now move without fear of other humans; people get as much toilet paper and pasta as they want, delivered when they want; pensioners have returned to shops and spend time talking to checkout assistants while impatient shoppers in the queue behind them huff; non-essential workers are returning to ‘non-essential’ offices to do ‘non-essential’ jobs. The world can return to Business-As-Usual, but will it?
A lot has been written around the mental health impact of the current enforced working from home necessitated by social distancing and I think we’ve all seen the headlines of the advice of how to stay sane and looking after our mental health whilst working at home.
It’s now coming up to 3 months since Coronavirus hit the UK, bringing with it a lot of uncertainty, misinformation and an immediate cause for working diversification within every sector; each facing its own unique challenges.
In the past few weeks we have seen a major change to our highstreets. One by one, shops were closing, and notices started appearing in windows, apologising for ‘inconvenience’, wishing us well, and hoping that business would resume as normal soon.