I’ve been commuting back and forth to my office for over a month now, occasionally eating in restaurants and generally going on with my life as before. Or am I?
Remember those strange times a few weeks ago when everyone was looking at each other with suspicion, changing side of the road to keep distances (or not), the stress associated with shopping, hoping to find some bread, flour or toilet paper? Not to mention masks or disinfectant. We quickly forget.
It’s like time froze for a brief moment. For instance, I was struck by the number of clocks that were still on Winter time in May, including my car.
Switzerland slowly eased out of semi confinement on April 27th, stretched out on May 11th, and it was downhill from there. On June 22nd, only the gatherings of more than 1000 people were forbidden.
Early July, the EU borders opened, flights resumed and easyJet flash sale ads flooded our inboxes. Community trends are back to normal, except for transit which is still 20% lower than the pre-confinement average. Driving in town is way over average, as a slice of people riding public transport was transferred to personal cars.