Many people across Leicestershire are desperate to return to some sort of normality, and with Boris Johnson’s plan to ease us out of lockdown expected on Monday, they have been thinking about what they would like to do first.
Parts of Leicester and Leicestershire have been in some sort of lockdown for nearly a year now, with lots of families not able to meet up for months.
We asked our readers over on our Facebook page what would be the first thing they would like to do when lockdown ended.
Others are looking forward to going to the gym, or a trip to the pub.
Some said they just wanted to visit family and friends, while others, who have had hospital appointments delayed, are eager to get on with their treatment.
Mandy Fahey is among those who are desperate for medical care.
When asked what she would do when lockdown ended, she said: “Get all the hospital treatment I need as I been left in pain because of Covid.
“No concern for people left without their regular treatments when living in pain, so I just want all my hospital appointments back on track.”
Like Mandy, Quymie Greaves wants to get her hospital appointments back on track.
She said “Attend the pain clinic and get the operation I’ve been waiting over a year for, without which I have been left using a wheelchair.”
Unlike many, Correen Lofthouse Hayes will not be rushing out.
She said: “Stay in my house for a bit longer, I’ll wait till the rate of the virus is down to a comfortable enough for me.”
Like Correen, Emma Hall said: “Just because the Government lift restrictions doesn’t mean it’s safe.
“Have we not learnt our lessons from the last two?
“I’ll not be rushing out anywhere too soon.”
Stacey Butlin is missing going out.
She said she was looking forward to a “meal and drink out and them gym.”
Echoing the thoughts of many of us, she added: “I miss having a normal life which involves more than boredom and work.”
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Paul Pegrum is missing his holidays.
He said “The first thing I would like to do with no restrictions, is, a good few days away, Scottish islands, or Cornwall.
“And enjoy the amenities, pubs, and above all, I’m looking forward to seeing no masks.”
Lian Craig wants to get back on the road.
He said: “Get back to my driving lessons and be ready for my test which got cancelled and had to be rebooked.”
James Scott-Howes is missing live music.
“Gigs, go to as many freaking gigs as possible. I don’t care who it is at this point, I just want to hear music through a PA being played by humans,” he wrote.
Not surprisingly, most of you are missing family.
Jo Harvey said: “See family get a hair cut and go to the pub for a meal.”
Hannah Adams said: “Have family over for a big bbq/meal!! Got a lot of birthdays and celebrations to catch up on.”
Andrea Fisher said, “See my mum and brother in York.”, while Amanda Swingler added: “Go and see my parents who I haven’t seen since December 2019. Then catch up with other family and friends. Then some lovely days out.”
Joanne Cort said she wanted to “pop some furniture down to my mum who has been waiting for it since she moved into her new flat”.
And Tracey Smith summed up the situation for people everywhere when she said: “Have a meal with family to celebrate the big birthdays we have missed in lockdown.”