After 3 months and a few days of strict lockdown in France, today total lifting of lockdown measures begins. Starting today, it will be possible to go to the cinema and some sports venues will open again.
As of today we can say we are back to “normality”, a large number of people are back in the offices, children are back in schools, the terraces of bars and restaurants are once again crowded with people taking advantage of the warm summer that is just beginning.
Personally, it is still a bit difficult for me to get used to this new normality and I still do not understand quite well how we went from strict lockdown, just a few weeks ago, to this “new normality” that looks very much like the old one.
And is curious how we humans tend to forget quite easily. I still remember how a few days before lockdown was announced, people lined up in supermarkets and over-supplied themselves, especially on toilet paper, for what was announced as the Apocalypse.
Then, lockdown came and we had to get used to working from home, studying from home, etc … Outings were very limited and we had to fill out an “attestation” or certificate that allowed us to go out to buy groceries, do some jogging or simply walk in an area of one kilomet
The number of cases and deaths continued to increase almost exponentially as the days went by, despite the lockdown measures, after a few weeks it seemed that the curve was never going to start descending. Meanwhile, we were still locked up and new customs began to take root in our daily lives; the virtual afterworks, to keep in touch with friends and colleagues, go every night at 8 PM out the window or the balcony to applaud the medical staff, the thorough cleaning of the groceries and a cleaning protocol worthy of a nuclear plant every time we returned home from the supermarket.
As of May 11, when the numbers began to improve and we seemed to see the light at the end of the tunnel, the lockdown measures began to be progressively lifted, we also began to return to our old ways. The applause for the medical staff became less and less and all we had to do was wash our hands returning from the supermarket and leaving the groceries “in quarantine” for a few hours. More and more people began to be seen on the streets and some economic sectors began their much needed revival.
In recent weeks, despite the lifting of lockdown measures, the number of cases continues to decrease, hospitals are decongested and life on the streets is the same as before, fewer people are seen wearing face masks on the street, and no one applauds medical personnel anymore. Restaurants and bars are also bursting.
I hope that with these new measures, and the reopening of borders that is already beginning to take place, there will not be a second wave of contagions that will lead us to a new lockdown, although I think it is very unlikely since we are now more prepared if this were to happen. For the time being, we will have to get used to live with the virus, before there is a permanent solution.
Personally, although at first I was a little terrified by the idea of not being able to go out, I ended up enjoying my confinement and family time very much. During those months we were able to share quality family time, do things together that we didn’t have time to do before due to routine, work, time lost in traffic, etc.
The confinement helped me to take a pause and be thankful, firstly, of the fact of being able to keep my job and a fixed income in this period in which many do not have the same luck and are having a hard time, as well as to value more the quality time with family and make it my goal to do everything possible to spend more time on what is really important, such as spending more time with my family. I just hope I won’t forget it as quickly as we forgot lockdown.