So many things people once did without a moment’s hesitation have been either off-limits or severely curbed to fight the worst public health crisis in living memory.
But there is hope on the horizon – vaccines are being rolled out and there are other factors which should, as an expert said this week, mean life will improve in 2021.
Here are 10 things that everyone can look forward to doing when the pandemic fades.
All pharmacies should be used as part of the vaccine programme as they are trusted, have the expertise and are local to every community. JPIMedia's 'Shot In The Arm' campaign calls for everyone to have the ability to get a jab within 10 minutes of their home by using our great pharmacy network.
5. Gigs and festivals
If you're a fan of gigs and music festivals, the past year has been disappointing - for understandable reasons, the pandemic has caused live events to be cancelled en masse. It is likely that audiences will turn out in their droves when it's safe to do so, and artists will be just as eager to tour again.
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Coronavirus has highlighted just what a treat and a privilege it is to be able to jump on a plane and travel to a far-flung destination for an exciting holiday.
7. Restaurant meals
Restaurants, like the rest of the hospitality industry, have been hit hard by the pandemic - in Britain they even lost the crucial Christmas trading period in 2020. The prospect of a meal out with whoever people wish to dine with is something to look forward to.
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8. Seeing family and friends - and not at a distance
Families and groups of friends will be elated and relieved when they can switch off Zoom, meet in person, and give each other a hug.