Freedom Day Finally! | Vale | The Star

Phew, it looks like this cruel Coronacoaster is finally coming to a shuddering stop at Alert Level 0 as the last Lockdown legislation lifts.

Truth be told, I’ve always admired Welsh Government’s cautious approach, but even I’ve been left on my last nerve living in this long kind of limbo

But, after nearly 18 months of State restricted social behaviours, it’s now a no to mandatory masks, measly metre rules, queer quarantine, crappy QR codes, silly school bubbles, and inconvenient isolation.

And a very happy Hello to Freedom Day. Welcome back luscious live music, spontaneous pints in the pub, watching City lose on a Saturday, movies sans masks, and real restaurant meals without the awkward online ordering.

I can’t wait to see those awful Apps go – since when did a queer QR code over a dodgy Wi Fi count as customer service. Go Figure.

Mmmm, what about Masks then. I think I’ll finally bid bye bye to constant covering up and muzzle up on special occasions – you know like public transport trips, when feeling a bit fluey, or sauntering around those shops that make the rules up as they go along. Nice to have the choice though innit.

No qualms about travel quarantine, if your max vax then there’s just no need – enough said. Same for self-isolation really – the double dose should do the trick.

And as I’ve always argued, it’s not working from home, it’s more like living at work, so let’s all get back to the office and those water cooler moments.

Social distancing is my only wild card. I’m not going to lie to you, I’ve kind of enjoyed having a two metre treat of personal space, and the rapid relief of realising not every random met has to have the obligatory hug.

Mind you, I’ll make an exception this week as I raise a very large glass to Freedom Day and the start of our proper pathway out of this painful pandemic.

Now just get me to a Gig!

Speak soon.

Sue Vincent-Jones

The Voice Of Our Community.


Sue Vincent-Jones, writing as Mrs SVJ, is a Barry born journalist, editor, and activist. She blogs about Barry – and her life in the wider world, through the eyes of a, quirky and queer, local girl done good.

Written exclusively for the Vale’s newest newspaper, and digital platform,The Glamorgan Star, this week’s ‘Passing Comment’ column, an addition to the infamous Sue’s Views collection, can be found here.

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