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Level 3: where normal meets the abnormal

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Roads are getting busier, as are shops and public spaces. It’s almost as if things are getting back to normal again. Which is a good thing, because the reality is that we’re still a long way from normal. But the illusion, at least, counts. Here are ways that our daily lives are normal and abnormal on alert level 3.

Let the floodgates open

Shops are definitely busier than they’ve been over the past two months. What feels normal again is being allowed to buy alcohol, pick up takeaways and buy pretty much anything except personal care services. What feels abnormal is the constant temperature checks, long queues outside certain stores and the incessant hand sanitising at the entrance to every shop.

High-contact industries

Personal services and the hospitality industry still can’t operate, to preserve social distancing. What feels normal is that shaggy look you’ve grown into over the past few months. What feels abnormal is not being able to gather with friends at your favourite local for some eats, drinks and laughs.

Pros only please

Sport is back, but only as long as you enjoy being a TV spectator and not a participant – only professionals get to play. Among the amateurs, runners and cyclists get a pass, but golf, surfing and other ‘individual’ sports are still out – and you can forget team sports.

What feels normal is hours wasted on a Sunday watching the F1 or the football. What feels abnormal is being able to hear players and refs, with no crowd noise to mask them.

Welcome to your new normal, but don’t get too comfy. Alert level 2 beckons … or possibly an alcohol-free level 4 again.


 

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