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4 Dec 2022

Looking back at one year of UK lockdown!

Looking back at one year of UK lockdown!

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Atif Hussain
Atif Hussain works as a Publishing manager for a leading Islamic publisher. With a background in teaching and education, Atif has a passion for inspiring the next generation of Muslims to become good role models in society. He is also a keen cyclist, having completed the Coast to Coast challenge a few years ago.

Looking back at one year of UK lockdown!

It has been one whole year since lockdown restrictions were first introduced in the United Kingdom! What we thought was a break from work/school/university for just three weeks has lasted an entire year.

Everyone has changed some way or other over this past year. We all may have lost someone we love to the virus and all in all it has been one challenging year and a point in our lives that we won’t be forgetting anytime soon.

Looking back at things that seem so normal now but were completely new and weird to us last year, for example, ZOOM! March 2020 who would’ve thought that Zoom would be such a big part of our lives. Fun fact: Even the Queen uses Zoom now.

Let’s take a look at some more things that have become so common now but we all cannot wait to get rid of them as soon as the lockdown ends.

1. Social Distancing

Who would’ve thought social distancing would be a thing? Standing apart from each other whether it’s at shops, mosques, stations etc. is the new normal now.

Ever imagined standing six-feet apart from each other during Jummah prayer? Well, that is our reality now.

Also, not being able to shake hands or hug someone even during weddings or festivals has taken a while to get used to but now its second nature to us.

2. Face Masks

Face masks have probably been the symbol for the whole lockdown era, they may be important but getting used to them has been tough.

It can’t be just me who keeps forgetting their mask and then have to go back home again just for that, even after a whole year!

3. Queueing Up

Queueing up at shops, mosques and pretty much everywhere we can go has made all of us the pre-lockdown life the most. The time where we could just enter anywhere we want without really being worried about how many people were in there.

4. Panic Buying

Does anyone remember the time in lockdown where all shelves were empty? It was shocking! People bought tissues, sanitisers, pasta that would probably last them more than a year. What a weird time that was.

5. Lockdown Weddings

Lockdown did not stop people from getting married but the weddings were nothing like we are used to. Fewer guests and intimate backyard weddings have become the new trend. Asian families plan a small wedding is something we never thought could happen but its just one more impossible thing that’s been made possible.

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