17th July, 2020, Neil Gayton
Boris has made the changes he promised and for most there’s been a slight adjustment to life.
In my world we will be adopting a slow approach as we adapt to the new rules and regulations.
Still no school for the boys, the biscuit consumption in the household has hit an all-time high and I’ve become obsessed with Broadchurch, but a little bit of normality is returning with the reintroduction of after-school clubs.
Football is starting on a non-contact, social distancing level, which will prove somewhat challenging for my tough tackling, take no prisoners, eight-year-old.
Oh and the gymnastics is beginning. In my front room, for a mere two-and-a-half Zoom hours.
What could go wrong? The answer is absolutely everything. I’m removing all breakables.
At least they will start to claw back some normality to their lives. As very active boys who use Dad’s taxi service nearly every day for one after school club or another this news has been as important as the moment they both scored their first goal.
I’m still working at home, but I’ve just begun going into the office one day a week. From now on many people are beginning the new part time flexible furlough rules brought in at the beginning of July.
Businesses have the opportunity to bring furloughed employees back to work part time as a way to help kick-start the economy.
Having the flexibility to decide the shift patterns and hours of their staff means firms can keep people in work, while the government continues to pay 80% of each individual’s salary for the hours that they aren’t working.
This scheme will remain open until October and for many it is being considered a lifeline.
Life is different, but we are all making the best of it, unlike the china in my lounge, which is probably going to have seen better days during the process of a backflip.