Woke up at the crack of dawn this morning, to do something i do nearly every Sunday
Go to Mass
It’s the start of the church year – Advent, but nobody thought about worship when the restrictions (about Covid-19) kicked in
I’m now part of the Cathedral Parish (even though they took the name of my old Parish, when amalgamation was made)
And while the Covid Bug has been about, i’ve done most of mass over the internet…..but not today.
So Mask on , and navigating the subway, i cross two postcode boundaries on my way to church….and walking down the Manchester Feeder road (the crescent / chapel st) that passes the local university.
Eagle eye flicking back and forth towards my timepiece
Covid means a change to things, masks , cleaning hands and stewards on every corner of the walkways….No sharing of benches – unless they’re in my bubble. The Mask stays on throughout. One thing though – some things seem shorter….the offertory is by the altar…sign of peace not done
and after mass – leaving church without socialising
With this bug thats been floating around recently, those in the back doors of the nations governments have been referring to all the changes they’ve made in one particular phrase
“The new normal“
Now, we know they’ve been looking at a vaccine around the world, but before the mass testing begins – we’re sending people back to work and school before any sort of health implementation begins. Its nothing for our leaders to be proud of – the UK is only second to their American cousins in the number who’ve died….and Yet, Government Ministers – with the economy and their donors breathing down their ear – decided to send everyone back to work….we have to live with the distancing, facemasks and everything else.
They’re calling it the New Normal….forgetting this bug is still wild.
One place this isn’t taking place (Yet) – Arts and sports venues
sports fans are crying into their beer, and actors are having to use video conferencing tools to relay their plays…museums doing video clips
So while they’re queuing for miles for goods at the behest of the economy, signs “Normality” is back… are very very distant. Particularly when this Bug has its own named wards in hospitals up and down the country.