It has now been seven weeks since the United Kingdom entered lockdown. For these 49 days, many of us have had very little social interaction with others outside our own households. When once we could pop over to our friend’s house and have a cup of tea, the thought of doing such an activity now is unfathomable.
However, this period of forced isolation has in many ways caused us to become more friendly with each other, while keeping a two-metre distance, of course. Neighbours who may not have spoken to each other previously have formed bonds over chats at the end of driveways with a shared sense of comradery.
Here are some of the most amazing interactions happening with social distancing in mind.
Makeshift garden pub
Us Brits miss the pub with a heavy heart, and it seems people in other countries feel the same way. In Sydney, Australia, a man has turned his garden fence into a folding table so that he and his neighbours can enjoy a drink while sticking to social distancing guidelines. Mathew Rees, who works in construction, managed to make the contraption using a small number of materials for only $200. The two households have been friends for over 35 years, and this lovely gesture is bound to have made the whole street envious!
War veteran raises over £32 million for charity
Since the lockdown period began, one gentleman has gained celebrity status through his fundraising efforts. Captain Tom Moore initially set out to raise £500,000 for the NHS Charities Together COVID-19 appeal by walking 100 lengths of his garden before his 100th birthday. However, by the time he completed the task on the 16 April, he had already raised £12 million. Fast forward to a month later, Captain Tom has now broken the Guinness World Record for the most amount of money raised by charity walk. His heartwarming story has inspired others to say thank you for his efforts; Tom received a more than 25,000 birthday cards and has even been given an honorary blue peter badge!
Clapping for our carers
In the UK, Thursday nights now mean only one thing. Every week at 8pm, communities across the country come together and celebrate the work of the fantastic healthcare workers, while at the same time maintaining social distancing. The national clap was only meant to be a one-time event. Still, it has continued throughout the lockdown period as a way for people to show support for frontline workers. Residents come out in their thousands banging pans, playing instruments and generally making as much noise as possible!
Hospital helps celebrate the 100th birthday of an elderly COVID-19 patient
Like Captain Tom Moore, Ivy Reeves from Buckinghamshire was also supposed to be celebrating her 100th birthday this month. Despite being stuck in hospital with the coronavirus, the BBC reported that Ivy still managed to celebrate her milestone birthday in style with the help of staff at Wycombe Hospital. Surrounded by pink balloons and wearing a cardigan to match, Ivy is pictured making the best of her unplanned birthday with her son, Alan.
Residents fill a wooden board with messages of hope
At some point in the last few months, we have all daydreamed about what we will do once lockdown restrictions have been lifted. Top priorities could be seeing family and friends, getting a haircut, or going to your favourite pub for a refreshing pint. People in Leicester, England, have taken this one step further and have filled a board with almost 200 messages of hope and positivity. Speaking to the BBC, Matt Long, who thought of the idea, said that he wanted the board to be a “symbol of hope” in difficult times.
Children stick drawings in their windows in return for prizes
While children are not at school, many parents have been stuck for ideas for how to keep their little ones occupied while observing social distancing guidelines. In the first few weeks of lockdown, many families created rainbow posters, in a national effort to encourage people to stay at home. Children in Newport, Shropshire, have been rewarded with sweets for their artistic endeavours from the local police team, which were donated from nearby companies. The drawing competition has continued throughout the isolation period, with the police most recently requesting illustrations of dinosaurs.