For our last instalment of Lockdown Life, we have decided to feature one of our customers! You are the stars of our Park so why not be the star of our blog?
Chris from Widnes messaged us on Instagram after seeing some of our other Lockdown Life blogs and suggested we should feature a customer in the series. We agreed that it was a fab idea and asked Chris to be that customer - resulting in what we think is the best one yet. Thank you, Chris - both for your article and for being an amazing key worker. We salute you.
Are you still working during the lockdown?
Yes, I am classed as a key worker in two employments so thankfully I have had the opportunity to still have a little sense of normality during the chaos. I genuinely do feel for those who have had to stay home, mental health is still such an important subject and I am incredibly grateful that I have been able to keep my mind occupied with work.
How has your job changed during this period?
As mentioned, I have two employments. Firstly, I am a cleaning supervisor in a major supermarket, so we have had to adapt pretty quickly to changes and guidelines enforced by the Government. Every week, if not every day, is briefings and emails, liaising with my team and managers to ensure our safety and customers’ safety with measures being implemented daily.
Secondly, I work in a school in England and some of our children have returned which I am happy about. They have lost out on so many opportunities to make memories with their friends and enjoy being young. Their education has been thrown into turmoil so it is nice to see them settle back in so quickly and easily and actually show interest in keeping safe and being able to talk about their feelings, thoughts and opinions on COVID-19.
What has been the biggest impact of the lockdown for you?
The biggest impact I have faced is not being able to do what I want to do. Me and my partner enjoy travelling, whether it be in the UK or abroad. Currently I have two holidays which have not yet been cancelled so I am keeping my fingers crossed.
I come from a big family and we are all close, so to go from seeing each other every day to not at all is extremely hard, especially for my mum and dad. Thankfully, we are seeing the easing of some restrictions, so it has been a comfort to my parents, my brothers, and sisters and all the children.
What’s the best thing about being in lockdown?
The best thing is enjoying a little more exercise. I love photography so getting to go on longer walks in the lovely weather with my camera has allowed me to appreciate a little more of the outdoors. I have also been able to spend that little extra time planning and prioritising. Anyone that knows me knows that I like things done a certain way, such as planning trips, sorting bills or Christmas shopping (yes, I said Christmas shopping ).
And the worst?
Like others, it probably is the family time. Relying on social media to see my nieces and nephews, not being able to just hang out with everyone and enjoy what used to be normality or day to day living.
Of course, our family trip to Golden Sands Holiday Park has been cancelled so we are all devastated about that. My mum has a 364-day countdown to our next return so it’s disheartening to see her having to cancel on of the things she loves. Fortunately, I am in the process of possibly buying a holiday home at Golden Sands so that’s a positive.
What’s really helping you get through this period?
Probably still being able to go to work and just having some kind of routine. Also, it’s still very unsettling times so it is refreshing to be able to see work friends and have those laughs.
What are you looking forward to most coming out of lockdown?
Being able to socialise again, going for those pub lunches, shopping trips, day trips with friends – all the usual stuff we take for granted.
Is there anything you would like to see continuing post-lockdown that has arisen out of this global pandemic?
The kindness of us all. Everybody has played some part in being kind to one another, especially regarding the way our elders have been taken care of and have not been forgotten. The kindness towards our NHS has been impeccable so it would be nice to see that kind of appreciation continue.