Lockdown is finally relaxing, meaning we’re about to get our first taste of true freedom since last year. Fingers crossed, it should only get better from here.
To celebrate the return of normality, we’ve put together a list of fun things you can do with your friends once the rules start to change:
1. March - Get out and enjoy the sunshine
When the restrictions relax, why not plan a trip to watch the sunset with your pals? Find a big hill or, if you’re lucky enough to live on the coast, head to the beach. Bring some blankets and snacks to make the most of your surroundings. The days are longer at this time of year, meaning more time to spend with your friends.
2. April - Go out for food and drinks
From April 12th, you and your friends will have loads more options. You still won’t be allowed to mix indoors, but pubs and restaurants are opening their outside areas. Round up the friends you haven’t seen for ages, or head out with the housemates you’ve been going stir crazy with since Christmas, and go for a meal and some drinks; remember to bring a coat. After this long away, the prices won’t seem so outrageous, so treat yourself to two pints for the same price as a crate of beer.
3. May - Travel to see your mates
On May 17th the rules will change again, allowing six people or two households to mix indoors. This means you can go and stay with your friends from across the country. You’ll be allowed to eat and drink inside, but hopefully, the weather will be nice enough to be outside by then. You’ll also be allowed back into shows, so head down to the theatre or cinema if you’re at a loose end.
4. June - Freedom awaits
Depending on how the roadmap to recovery goes, all restrictions will be lifted by June 21st, meaning we’ll all be free to do everything again. This is where the real fun begins.
Why not plan a holiday with your friends, whether that be in the UK or abroad. If you don’t fancy the hassle of travelling, put up a tent in your back garden and pretend you’re at a festival. In fact, why not book an actual festival, now that loads of them are back on the cards. Be quick, as they are being snapped up!
Clubbing is a big part of life for most students, and come June, and it will have been over a year since any of us went. That first night out will be a joyous moment for all of us, and hopefully a sign that we’ll never have to face another lockdown again.
Nonetheless, if you’re feeling anxious about everything reopening, then that’s okay. We’ve spent a year yo-yoing in and out of lockdowns, and many of us have settled into new routines. It will take time to get used to normality, so do what makes you feel comfortable. If that means socially distanced takeaways with a friend in a park for another six months instead of sitting in a restaurant together, then do it! The most important thing is to remember you aren’t alone, and staying in touch with your friends is one of the best ways to promote your wellbeing, be it over the phone or in person.
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