The past 12 months have been trying to say the least as the Covid-19 pandemic has taken its toll across the world. Unemployment, shuttered businesses and tragic deaths have befallen many nations and despite the amazing efforts of health care services and pharmaceutical companies, the end is far from near.
That being said, public lockdown restrictions are set to ease soon which means that many public-based sectors can reopen and millions of people can finally get back to work. Many of us have missed the social activities that we are so used to such as meeting friends and family, shopping for pleasure, and group workouts.
While there are many businesses that will need help getting back on their feet, when the lockdown is over and because they are an important aspect of our lives, the most used are almost certainly going to include:
- Gyms and public pools
- Local markets
- Bars, pub and restaurants
While working out at home provides a level of privacy, there’s nothing quite like using professional equipment surrounded by like-minded people and most don’t have access to our own pool. Local markets are a joy to browse and a great way of meeting people in the community while bars, pubs and restaurants are going to need all the help they can get as we all recover together.
Exercise, Socialize and Relax
For many of us, getting to the gym is an important part of our social and health care that provides stress relief and communal activity that is needed for a comfortable life. Going to the gym isn’t just about working out but the social interaction it can provide by meeting new people, seeing friends and getting a certain level of personal training helps to maintain a healthy lifestyle balance that is also great for mental health.
Since they are extremely expensive and take up lots of space, the vast majority of people don’t have a pool, which is also a great way to relax after visiting the gym. Not only are public pools great for the post-workout calm down, but they can also provide a great family bonding experience while sneaking exercise on the kids that they don’t even know they are getting.
Against much public backlash, gyms and pools in the UK were classed as non-essential and were closed during lockdown measures. These establishments are going to need much community support if they are to stay a vital part of your local area.
Meet, Shop and Get Great Produce
Shopping at a local market is one of the greatest joys one can get from their local community. Not only are they great meeting spots for seeing people such as friends, family and the market traders themselves, but you can get a quality of service, local produce and intimacy that isn’t possible with a supermarket. Many traders, especially food vendors, can tell you where exactly a product came and the food available at a market is almost always of the freshest possible quality.
For many elderly people, a weekly visit to their local market is the only contact they enjoy with others and shopping for pleasure has been recognized as a genuine therapy for sadness and depression.
With many market traders being self-employed, they have missed out on the kind of financial help that is available to others who work for a company. While there are schemes for the self-employed in place, the amounts available to help those struggling vary wildly, so market traders should be a priority when things begin to return to normal as lockdown eases.
Unwind, Greet Friends and Treat the Family
An essential part of most cultures all over the world, the local watering holes and eateries form the backbones of many, many communities. Friends can meet and catch up on gossip, families can dine together and colleagues can relax after a hard day’s work at their local bars, pubs and restaurants.
Next to family and friends, restaurants and pubs are currently the most missed social aspect of modern life during restrictions and almost all of us cannot wait to get back to our favourite local spots. When the lockdown is over, the beer will flow, however, public establishments such as this have been outlined as one of the last to reopen, but fortunately, they will be open for summer when everyone is out and looking for a good time.
The food and hospitality industry has suffered the worst out of every other sector and it is estimated that many won’t recover or survive the pandemic. It is almost a national duty to help our local food and drinks establishment get back on their feet since for most, they are the cornerstone of society, community and national identity.