The coronavirus pandemic has become a huge part of our lives over the past few months that we’ve spent in lockdown, since the UK government deemed the public health threat too great to continue as normal. But now ministers are slowly lifting the rules we’ve spent the last 11 weeks following, many have taken advantage of the new measures that are still in place to keep us safe, leaving those of us who are still strictly regimented in a “lonely place”, including Susanna Reid.
The TV presenter is among those law abiding citizens who intend to keep up the safety measures put in place to curb the spread of the deadly virus, but has noticed that more and more people are ignoring lockdown protocol.
Writing in her Daily Mail column, the Good Morning Britain host explained how it feels to watch her friends and others continue on as normal while she does the opposite.
“I’ve noticed a growing horde of people who consider lockdown pretty much over,” she wrote.
“Skipping over to the neighbours, a nod to social distancing by not hugging, before cracking open a bottle of rosé and thinking ‘What the heck, we’re all in it together’?
She explained that following the rules seems to be becoming more “lonely” as people meet up with friends.
“I can’t bring myself to join them,” she admitted.
“This is where I am, and it feels like it’s becoming an increasingly lonely place.”
The host blamed the government for their vague strategies, claiming they’ve left people in “limbo”, unsure of what is right and what isn’t.
And with ministers “boycotting” GMB, she and co-star Piers Morgan have had to try and relay information to their viewers with expert help.
She described meeting up with a friend for a socially distanced walk after Boris Johnson announced we could meet with only one person as long as we keep the two-metre distance.
“Last week, I met up for a walk with a friend who thinks she had COVID-19 in March and there was a lot to catch up on,” Susanna explained.
“But it was a weird, slightly tense experience as I mentally measured two metres as we navigated narrow paths together. Groups around us had no such compunction — there was free-flowing contact and I envied them.”
She confessed she’s “afraid” that the people who are still following the lockdown rules will begin to feel even more isolated from everyone else as pubs, bars and restaurants are set to open at the end of the month.
And Susanna won’t be the only one feeling this way, as social media users have also vented their concerns on their online platforms.
The number of confirmed UK cases has hit 300,469, while the total number of deaths is 42,288 at time of writing.
But with Health Secretary Matt Hancock feeling optimistic at the fact the numbers of new cases are beginning to fall, normal life could be soon within reach.
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