Creating the new normal

By George Thorley | 27 July 2021

Remember the early weeks of the first lockdown last year, when we faced a future clouded with uncertainty underpinned by a genuine fear of what the future might bring? Can you recall the emerging discussions on the need to rethink our individual and collective ways of living? Of a commitment that if we ever got through this terrible pandemic, things would never be the same again. The conclusion was: ‘Things would have to change – there would be a new normal.’

With the enormous comfort of more than 60% of the UK’s adult population now inoculated against COVID-19, and prospects of an autumn booster, is there any evidence that these early hopes of positive change having manifested themselves?

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