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  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 72 Self-Isolation

    Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 72 Self-Isolation

    England is no longer subject to legal restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic but international travel is still very difficult. A proposal by the government to introduce an amber watchlist is greeted with opposition and dismay from the travel industry as it will cause more chaos and confusion.…

  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 71 Pinged

    Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 71 Pinged

    Week 71 of the coronavirus pandemic is the second week of freedom from COVID-19 restrictions. But the pingdemic continues to wreak havoc. Despite very vocal opposition the government stubbornly sticks to 16 August as the date when the double-jabbed will no longer have to self-isolate following…

  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 70 Pingdemic

    Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 70 Pingdemic

    As the coronavirus continues to ebb and flow across the world and has been doing so in the UK for 70 weeks now our Prime Minister goes ahead with his promise to lift all COVID-19 restrictions in England on 19 July. Dubbed Freedom Day this day marked the end of a legal requirement to wear face masks…

  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 69 Last Week of Lockdown

    Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 69 Last Week of Lockdown

    Week 69 of the coronavirus pandemic will be the last week of lockdown in England which will be celebrated by Freedom Day on Monday 19 July. But how free will we be? Some places will still require face masks to be worn. Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, tells millions of most vulnerable to shop at…

  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 68 Amber to Green?

    Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 68 Amber to Green?

    Despite the continuing large increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases throughout England the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is clinging obstinately to his promise that July 19 will be Freedom Day. But with two weeks to go the emphasis is changing to individual choice regarding the wearing of…

  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 67 Blenheim Palace

    Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 67 Blenheim Palace

    Excitement is mounting in England during week 67 of lockdown due to the coronavirus for two reasons The first is England’s success in the European Cup 2020. And the second is Boris Johnson’s assurance that all COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted on 19 July. A date he refers to as Freedom Day. The…

  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 66 Vaccines for all Adults

    Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 66 Vaccines for all Adults

    Vaccines are now being offered to all adults over the age of eighteen during week 66 of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. Pop-up vaccine centres in large venues including football stadiums are offering walk-in jabs and thousands are taking advantage of this. The policy is now clear – Pfizer…

  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 65 Glamping in Somerset

    Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 65 Glamping in Somerset

    During week 65 of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic the Prime Minister announces that lockdown will not end on 21 June as expected due to a surge of Delta variant. It is expected to be delayed for another four weeks. International travel will also remain on hold as Portugal is removed from…

  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 64 Delta Variant Surges

    Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 64 Delta Variant Surges

    Hopes of popular holiday destinations like France, Spain and Italy being added to the green list end during week 64 of lockdown in England. And the really bad news is that Portugal will come off the green list. This prompted a mad dash home to avoid the need to go into self-isolation when Portugal…

  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 63 A Walking Weekend

    Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 63 A Walking Weekend

    The thought of leading my first tour for over a year keeps my spirits up during week 62 of the coronavirus pandemic. This week brings more bad news as the Indian virus – now referred to as the delta virus that originated in India – is spreading quickly and has become the predominant COVID-19…