This weekend I went out with two of my lovely friends for cocktails and dinner. It was so nice to see them and catch up. It was of course also nice to go for drinks and delicious food.
The girls hadn’t really been out since the new rules came into play following lockdown and found the whole experience quite bizarre. I on the other hand am a seasoned pro at pandemic socialising these days.
I know the drill; scan the QR code to register your visit, take your temperature (not all places do this), table service only, wear your mask at all times when not at your table and keep a safe distance between you and other guests.
Earlier this week a couple of the women at work were also discussing how we currently still can’t socialise properly. This all got me thinking; obviously socialising at the moment isn’t the same as it was but that doesn’t mean we can’t socialise. Does it?
It made me wonder what other people think about this.
My child free weekends are my selfish time and, as I wrote in a previous post, I did struggle a lot through lockdown. I function much better with routine, by being busy and by socialising. Initially I had been very wary about going out again when pubs and restaurants first re-opened but with all the current rules in place, it’s actually OK.
It’s better than OK in fact. I like that you have to prebook tables for venues and that there are no queues at the bar. I like the table service and not being squashed in heaving crowds. And yes, while the masks are annoying and uncomfortable, they are a small price to pay to be able to go out and socialise safely.
When I have Savannah, I want to take her out and make memories. It can sometimes be difficult with a six year old who forgets about social distancing every ten seconds, but overall she is great at following the rules.
So am I being selfish by going out?
I admit I’m a social being that is wanting to make up for lost time from earlier this year. Booking holidays are currently off the agenda because of the uncertainty, but I don’t see why I can’t go for a drink or dinner if I am following the rules.
So are you going out again? Or do you still feel anxious about going to bars and restaurants?