Boris Johnson announced 11 days ago that the lockdown would ease a little from Monday 1st June and we will be able to meet in an open space as a group of up to 6 people ????‍????‍????????‍????‍???? (not from the same household). Social distancing must still be priority and we must still keep 2 metres away ⛔️????????‍♀️➖????????‍♂️

Face coverings are now recommended in all enclosed areas ???? to help protect you and others. They don’t have to be medical masks but just something to lessen any chance of catching or passing on germs. ????
The main message is still to keep washing your hands ???????? It’s recommended you don’t wear ????gloves but do use anti bacterial wipes, sanitizers or even better wash your hands ????????
You are now allowed out of your homes to do shopping but also to exercise ????????‍♂️ as much as you want in an open space and currently with one other person from another household ????
Those shielding are still being advised to stay home and stay safe for now ????????????

On that Monday Primary schools reopened ???? for Nursery, Reception, Yr 1 & Y6 ages only went back to school. Key workers children & the vulnerable are still priority.
You will not be fined for not sending your child/ren if you chose not to do so. Secondary schools are due to open to year 10 & 12 on the 15th June.
For everyone else parents are home schooling ????????‍???? and teachers are doing remote learning using the internet. BBC bitesize is being used to help teach children who don’t have work or who want more help etc.
Some non essential shops will re-open from 15th June but details are yet unclear ???? Takeaways are now open and some restaurants have adapted to offer takeaway services ????????

Last Thursday evening was the last ???????????????? for the NHS staff after 10 weeks of doing so. Standing united on our doorsteps, balconies and/or through open windows applauding and cheering for all our amazingly brave NHS staff ????‍???????? who so courageously and selflessly battle to try and save as many lives as possible ❤️
The Excel in London (known as the NHS Nightingale hospital) currently hasn’t been used yet and has now been closed and will stay dormant until it is needed ????
There is still a shortage of PPE ????

The new way to chat with friends and families has been by using apps like Zoom & MS Teams ????????‍????????????‍????as well as the usual Whatsapp and FaceTime, or social distanced driveway drinks.
Live experiences are now available to watch anything from a live theatre performance ????, a safari ???????????? or an interesting chat in a museum ????
Petrol ⛽️ prices are currently £1.04 per litre for unleaded and £1.11 for diesel.
The current statement from the government has changed from Stay at Home, Stay Safe to Stay Alert, Stay Safe ⚠️
We are working towards lowering the “R” number and keeping it below 1. As long as we keep doing that then lock downs will ease 〽️We are currently between 0.7 & 0.9.

Tape on the floors at supermarkets & shops is a normal sight now ???? to help distance shoppers ???? from each other. Essential service workers & NHS staff are given priority in supermarkets at certain times.
Limited numbers of people are allowed inside shops????????‍♂️➖????????therefore queuing outside the store doors is the norm, 2 metres apart ✅
Businesses were told to continue to work from home unless unable to, then as long as the safety measures are in place, you may return to work ????
The Government is paying 80% of wages to all employees across the country who were furloughed due to Covid-19 ???? Furlough has been extended to October with employer contributions starting in August which some companies are unable to take advantage of so redundancies loom ????
Cruise ships ???? are at anchor ⚓ while they’ve paused operations. Many airlines are still grounded ✈️ but any travel abroad must now be followed by two weeks quarantine ????

Parks are now open for exercise but playgrounds remain closed ????????‍♀️
You are advised not to use public transport unless necessary and if you do, then you must wear face covering ???? A maximum of only 20 people are allowed on a bus at any one time.
No masses are allowed as churches ⛪️ ???? are still closed ????
Weddings ???????????????? family celebrations ???? are cancelled for now.
Funerals ⚰️ are limited to only 10 guests ???? all socially distanced so lots of funerals are now being shown online.

Entire sports ⚽️ ???? ???? seasons have paused.
Premier League football ⚽️ has just been announced to continue from the 17th June behind closed doors. Golf⛳️ has now restarted in 2 balls. The Olympics have been postponed to 2021????????????
Concerts ???? tours ???? festivals ???????? entertainment events ???? are all cancelled and all theatres are closed for the foreseeable future.
If you are fortunate to have a neighbour who is a singer or in a band ????????‍???? then you might be lucky enough to get some free entertainment live from their driveway or balcony????????
Panic buying ???? of toilet paper, flour and pasta happened in the early days but now all are readily available again.
Manufacturers, distilleries and other businesses ???? have switched to make visors, masks ???? hand sanitizer ???? and PPE ????
Fines have been established for breaking lockdown rules.
You are still not allowed to visit or stay anywhere else other than your own home ???? but you are now allowed to drive to an exercise place (like a bigger park area) but preferably within 25 miles of your home ???? Public toilets???? aren’t open yet so don’t venture too far!
Seeing people wearing masks ???? and gloves outside ????has become “normal”.

Air pollution has improved ☁️ Rivers are running clear???? City & traffic emissions reduced ♻️ You now hear constant birdsong ???????? It feels like the Earth ???? is healing again…..
Until some people spoil it, forgetting how precious ALL life can be ????????????‍♀️???????????? and leave the area not as it should be, but covered in their rubbish no matter how big or small ????

Press conferences are held daily from either the PM ????‍???? or other government ???? officials. Daily updates on new cases, recoveries, and deaths ⚰️
Total cases: 6.6 million
Total recovered: 2,729,955
Total deaths: 393 000 – 40,465 in the UK ????

This is Covid-19, Novel Coronavirus ???? declared a pandemic by WHO on March 11th, 2020.

Why do I write this status?
One day it will show up in my memory feed and will be a yearly reminder that life is precious and we should not take life or those and the things we love for granted ????

In these past 10 weeks, I have learnt that I can do without many ‘things’ but people, experiences and memories are to be treasured ????
Be thankful and be kind to each other always ????
Stay Alert, Stay Safe ❤️

I’m adding this to my status so that every year it will pop up on my memories so I will NEVER forget the way the world changed in 2020 ????

Categories: Coronavirus

Tom Llewellyn

Hello! My name is Tom Llewellyn and I’m a former long distance runner. In December 2010, I was diagnosed with relapsing remitting Multiple Sclerosis. Several years later in November 2017, I was re-diagnosed with a progressive form of the condition. I now use a walking stick to get around. I write about my journey with the condition of MS – and also of life – documented over the course of several years. Much of the subject matter is about my scars and my healing. Not forgetting Public Enemy and DJing!