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  • Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 37 - Lockdown to Tiers

    Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 37 - Lockdown to Tiers

    My diary moves on to week 37 of the coronavirus pandemic. England moves out of the national lockdown and back into a tier system. The tier restrictions have been strengthened and most areas are in Tier 2 or Tier 3 generating a lot of opposition. The first batch of COVID-19 vaccines arrive in the UK and Brexit once again hits the headlines as the UK races towards a no-deal exit.

  • Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: Christmas Rules Announced

    Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: Christmas Rules Announced

    Week 36 of lockdown in the UK due to the coronavirus brings a string of announcements regarding England's exit from a national lockdown on December 2 and a re-entry into a 3-tier system. Christmas 2020 was never destined to be a normal Christmas. Complicated rules regarding bubbles of three households and how and where they can meet during a five-day relaxation of the rules will certainly ensure it is a complicated celebration. Another obstruction will be the return of the 3-tier system with their different sets of restrictions.

  • Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: Christmas Creeps in During Week 35

    Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: Christmas Creeps in During Week 35

    The UK government is still insisting Lockdown 2 will end on 2 December. But as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to increase it is clear restrictions will remain in place and the 3-tier system will be re-introduced. Our days are brightened by the gradual appearance of Christmas decorations but Christmas celebrations will be muted by the coronavirus this year.

  • Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 34 Brings Optimistic News About Vaccination

    Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 34 Brings Optimistic News About Vaccination

    We are now in the first full week of Lockdown 2 in England. Already there are doubts that it will not end on 2 December as originally promised. It will take at least 2 weeks before we know if this second lockdown is effective. Will we be released from lockdown in time to celebrate Christmas? It is too early to tell.

  • Diary of Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: England Enters Lockdown 2

    Diary of Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: England Enters Lockdown 2

    Bonfire Night 2020 will be memorable as the day England went into Lockdown 2 in a second attempt to control the coronavirus pandemic. Another four weeks of home alone in Dorset and lovely walks on Sandbanks Beach – whatever the weather.

  • Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: A Stormy Week 32 of Lockdown

    Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: A Stormy Week 32 of Lockdown

    It is week 32 of lockdown in England due to the coronavirus pandemic and the last week of October. A dramatic deterioration in the weather and the arrival of Storm Aiden on the Dorset Coast makes it a miserable half-term week. But it does not deter the kite boarders who are quick to take advantage of the strong winds.

  • Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 31 – A New Slogan #Hands #Face #Space

    Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 31 – A New Slogan #Hands #Face #Space

    During Week 31 we have a new slogan – #Hands #Face #Space. It reinforces what we already know but will people take notice? Wales and Northern Ireland decide to go back into lockdown. England clings to a three-tier system of local lockdowns. Scotland also opts for a tier system. PM Boris Johnson promises we will have a Christmas.

  • Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: England Enters 3 Tier Lockdown

    Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: England Enters 3 Tier Lockdown

    During Week 30 of Lockdown in the UK the number of COVID-19 cases is spiralling out of control in some areas and further restrictions become necessary. Once again England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland seek their own solutions. My week starts in Dorset and finishes in Hertfordshire via Cranborne where I spend a night at the delightful restaurant with rooms, La Fosse.

  • Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: Local Lockdowns Proving Ineffective in Week 29 of Lockdown

    Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: Local Lockdowns Proving Ineffective in Week 29 of Lockdown

    During week 29 of Lockdown in the UK cases of COVID-19 continue to rise sharply especially in the north of England. The government is considering another total lockdown as a circuit breaker as local lockdowns are not working in England. My life continues with daily walks often delving into the local history of the places I visit in Hertfordshire.

  • Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: Flags and a Flight in Week 28 of Lockdown

    Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: Flags and a Flight in Week 28 of Lockdown

    Week 28 of Lockdown in the UK is an interesting week for me. It starts with a memorial to those who have died during the coronavirus pandemic on Sandbanks Beach and ends. I take a flight on the British Airways i360 on Brighton seafront and then I delve into some local history in Hertfordshire. Outside my bubble of one, the number of positive tests for COVID-19 is still increasing at an alarming rate and local lockdowns do not seem to be having any impact.

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