I know it’s far from over yet, but how was it for you - lockdown that is? The opportunity to go and lounge on a beach all day and dive into the crystal blue Mediterranean is still over a month away but, once the government in Madrid gets its ducks in order today, we should all be feeling pretty proud of ourselves for having done as we’ve been told to break the back of the virus.

But, before we all go bonkers on Saturday, when we are all going to allowed out of what some people have called “house arrest”, please spare a big and long thought for all those who have paid the price, and their families, and remember, many more lives will be lost - but it appears that the government has decided that ‘normal’ life must go on. But it will never be the same.

Has Madrid been too harsh with its lockdown measures or has it jumped the gun? Time will tell. Governments across the world are having to take the same decisions. Get it wrong and they will be crucified, get it right, they’ve just done their job.

Until the government finally comes out with the small print today, there is still plenty of confusion across Spain, but Prime Minister Sanchez laid it on the line on Tuesday evening, the lockdown is being phased out from this weekend.

Now Sanchez has to ramp it up all over again and get the country, starting with the economy, back on its feet and that is not going to be an easy task by any means.

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Mark Badoer / Hace 12 months

I am not sure if you want to dive into the Med, as the water is not yet 20 degrees and therefore officially not suited for safe swimming. Nevertheless, you make a very just point that many have paid a price here, from the ultimate to losing their job, business or a loved one. And many have taken (high) risks to keep things going. Not just the health workers, but think of all these cashiers in supermarkets and shops that were allowed to stay open. I admire them. Whether life will never be the same, I doubt that. With time, everything heals and passes. Even two world wars and in time we may even forget about Donald Trump. I hope, somehow, we at least have had some time for reflection on how things were and how we could maybe improve some things. I.e. in regards to the environment, as it was so obvious that some changes, have a huge effect on nature. Or all this flying and driving for meetings, now we know we can do it as well online. Etcetera. Sometimes things like this need to happen for us to make the next step.

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