Lockdown has forced us away from pubs, gyms and shops and turned our attentions to online quizzes, zoom calls and Netflix binges.
Office workers stopped commuting and began working from home while students became accustomed to learning away from the classroom.
Some reinvented the way they exercised, while others took the time to become more charitable.
Here’s 10 ways that life has changed for good since lockdown began...
Covid-19 has speeded up the gradual decline of the traditional high street in the eyes of many, but some experts suggest it could have a positive effect. Lockdown has led to growth in local shopping, benefiting smaller, independently-owned shops and delivery businesses. This helps promote sustainable consumption and means less driving to big shopping centres.
Millions of office workers have been working from home for the past year, which could force businesses to rethink how workplaces around the country operate. It is estimated that around 18 million square feet of office space will become redundant in the next five years. Another survey suggests only one in five people want to go back into the workplace five days a week after Covid restrictions end.
Although lockdown has brought a huge disruption to face-to-face teaching, it has brought several benefits to school-age education. Teachers have discovered tools such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Google Classroom, which allow them to monitor their students’ progress. These online platforms could become a regular part of school life after lockdown is lifted, increasing the amount of teacher-student interaction. The way GCSEs are conducted was temporarily replaced by teacher assessments last summer which could pose a viable permanent alternative to exams.
The pandemic has changed how Britons view hygiene and that some habits we have adopted will still stay with us, particularly hand hygiene. We all carry hand sanitiser around now and we expect most places we visit to provide hand sanitiser. Hand sanitiser could become a mainstay in workplaces and public areas, it has been predicted.