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Karl Bannon ( with Flora ), Chris and Lynn Gregory ( with George and Ben ) and Hannah and Beatrice Bannon.
Photographed 11th May 2020 - 50 days into lockdown 

When and how did Covid enter your day to day world?

We first heard about the coronavirus when Los Angeles went into lockdown as that is where my sister Sarah lives with her husband Matt. The state of California went into lockdown a few weeks before we did in the UK so we had an inkling then of how serious it was.

What is the biggest way the lockdown has changed your day to day life?

Not being able to get out and see friends and have a change of scene can be really difficult and gets harder the longer the lockdown goes on. Each day does feel rather the same as not having any break in the routine can be challenging. However, it has been really nice to see so many people out walking and exercising in and around the village, as normally a lot of people are out at work.

What moment in Covid ‘life’ stands out for you / do you think you will always remember?

The Thursday night clapping sessions at 8 pm. It’s been fabulous seeing everyone come out of their houses to join in saying thank you to carers, clapping and socially distant chatting to each other!
What have been the good things about this period?

Having more time as a family has been brilliant – just eating supper all together in the week has been such a novelty.

What have been the most painful aspects of this period?

Hearing of friends losing loved ones. It’s absolutely heart breaking to hear of people taken from us too soon, and those that are left behind often don’t get to say a proper goodbye.

Having my sister Sarah and her husband Matt so far away in LA has been really hard at times, and I know Mum and Dad wish they were at home with us so we could all be together.

What will you take from this time going forwards?

To keep things in perspective and not get so worked up about the small things in life that just don’t matter in the big scheme of things. As long as you have your family and your health, that is all you need.


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