The lockdown relaxation trend which has been going on since this Spring has continued here in the Netherlands. In fact, since about ten days ago, most of the restrictions have been lifted! This is, certainly, really nice and life “normalcy” is starting to come back here. I went to some stores to buy some new clothes this weekend, for instance, the first time I was doing so in, like, … two years here! Haha 😛 .
Though, of course the pandemic isn’t over. I personally choose to still err on the side of caution, like by still choosing to wear masks whenever I’m indoor, for instance when I was at those stores or at the supermarket (indoor mask mandate has also been lifted in most situations here, except on public transport, airport, or indoor facilities where distancing couldn’t be maintained). I mean, I am still not yet fully vaccinated at this point, as I’m still waiting for my second jab later on this month.
Speaking of being fully vaccinated, I of course have made a plan on what I will do once I officially get that “status”. That is, unsurprisingly, to … travel! Haha 😛 . So most travel requirements for fully vaccinated people have been lifted for travel within the EU, and so of course it makes perfect sense for me to take on this! Of course the country-level risk assessment still exists and this relaxation is only for travel to a low-risk destination. Still, it’s nice to be able to travel somewhat hassle-free this time around! Where to, btw? Well, I’ll leave that for a future post, haha. Heck, I haven’t even got the time to write about my Lisbon trip!
So yeah, all in all, it’s nice that things are somewhat getting back to normal here right now. Let’s hope that this trend continues and the situation won’t get worse in the Fall like last year. There is a big difference between this summer and last year’s, though, that is this year we have the vaccine! So I suppose it makes the case to have a more positive outlook on things moving forward, though we need to remember that, for the moment, the battle with the pandemic isn’t yet over.
I hear and read the situation in Indonesia is getting critical at the moment. Let’s hope things will soon get under control (and the people to actually follow the rules/recommendations/mandates)!