# Julian writes that he is "missing the silence of early lockdown" - I know exactly how he feels.

Shops selling non-essential items are allowed to re-open from today (subject to meeting health and safety criteria such as plastic screens and enforcing social distancing) but people have already been acting as though nothing has happened.

Households can create "social bubbles" with an adult who lives on their own but groups are frequently seen together without respecting the 2 metre rule.

Seeing the large queues forming outside shops this morning is quite disheartening. Yes, some people will have specific needs but to queue for hours for something that is, by definition, non-essential indicates that some will only ever have viewed the pandemic as an inconvenience and not an opportunity to take stock.

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