Much of the UK is living under severe restrictions now, with some places in local lockdowns. The area where I live is unchanged from where it’s always been… but I think a national lockdown could be imposed soon. I’m trying to make the most of my freedom whilst I still have it, continuing to be very careful with hand washing and mask wearing, of course. But the figures don’t look good. France is currently faring the worst in Europe, and today president Macron announced a second national lockdown for the country. I think I will manage to squeeze in one brief trip away before school starts again after half term and we in the UK are all told to stay at home once again.
France has declared a state of emergency and issued curfews for several of its cities. Northern Ireland has closed schools and many close-contact services such as hairdressers and beauticians, and introduced tight new hospitality rules that come into place the day after tomorrow. There’s a lot of debate here in the UK about whether our Government is doing the right thing by not announcing a national lockdown for a short period of time – a circuit breaker – to try to bring the virus under control, although many argue that it’s now too late for that to work even if it were imposed tomorrow. I have no idea what is best. I rely on my own research and what the experts and Government advise. I wonder whether schools will not go back after half term?