Why We Can’t Wait To Hit The Shops Again
The pandemic has caused disruption around the world, with tight social restrictions and closures to businesses. We have missed out on so much over the last year and we are more than ready to get back out there to enjoy normalcy.
While mask-wearing and physical distancing are likely to remain for a little while longer yet, we can take solace in the fact that, on the whole, society is beginning to open up again and we can start to get back to the things that we love so much. Gatherings, mostly, remain limited (depending on where you are) and thus we can’t yet all be together as we were beforehand, but it is a lot closer than it was just a few months ago.
We are particularly looking forward to being able to satisfy our retail desires by hitting the shops. Like anyone else, we have become accustomed to online shopping and waiting until the next day for the courier to drop off our goods, but there is nothing like the thrill of perusing the shelves and racks, picking something out, and taking it home the very same day.
Physically going out to the shops and looking around, even if you don’t buy anything, can help to ease feelings of stress and anxiety. It gives us an excuse to meet up with friends, family members or just to go out and about on our own accord – something that, recently, opportunities have been somewhat restricted to do.
Businesses rely on being able to welcome shoppers into their premises, as it is the lifeblood of the foundation upon which they are built. It isn’t just the shop (and the staff that works there) who are affected, but there is (and has been) a domino effect that runs down the chain.
That affects suppliers, who rely on the repeat business of the shop to purchase stock to meet demand, and shareholders who, as the profits and value of the business deteriorate, so too will the investment pumped back into the company.
When that chain is disrupted, it causes a problem for everyone involved. Businesses close, which leaves a gap on the high street, numerous people out of a job and directly affects other businesses that relied on the partnerships they had with the once-thriving business. That, then, affects more people whose jobs are put at risk and their families, who begin to worry about financial issues (such as the roof over their head and putting food on the table).
That trip to the shops is a welcome escape for many, but for the businesses that are now able to open up once more, it represents life. The pandemic and subsequent lockdowns have been hard for everyone and it vital that the economy is given the shot in the arm that it needs to bounce back as much as possible, as quickly as possible.
What We Can (Hopefully) Say Goodbye To
As the next few months go by and more and more people receive their vaccinations against Covid-19, we can hopefully begin to say goodbye to the craziness that we have all been living through. We can hopefully say goodbye to the awkward sidestep when you walk past someone on the street in an attempt to maintain your social distance, and we can hopefully say goodbye to negative and stress-inducing rolling 24-hour news that serves only to remind us of how bleak the current situation is.
Soon, our main concerns will be where to go out for dinner, what to wear on a night out and where to put a new bouquet of flowers in the home. We won’t have to worry about getting halfway to the shops and turning back again because we have forgotten our masks or constantly rubbing the anti-bacterial gel into our hands after touching any surface (although we won’t say no to better hygiene levels on the whole).
We will be able to live our lives and enjoy freedom. Getting back to the shops is just the first step of many on the way back to normality, and we plan on enjoying every second of it.