Neighbourliness during the lockdown

The lockdown has been a problem for everyone but if there is one positive aspect to the situation it is the rise in neighbourliness.  It is ironic that when people are physically cut off from their neighbours and friends they can feel closer than before because community-minded individuals make far more effort than usual to keep in touch and address needs.  For many, particularly the elderly, the phone has been a lifeline and calls from friends and neighbours are enormously appreciated.  Social media has also had a very positive influence in bringing people together.  Here’s a question: will this spirit of empathy and concern remain or even be extended once this is all over?

June – July 2020