Dos and don’ts in London in 2021
Do: Drop the conversation if you see the following message: “Do you really know someone who has gotten really sick? “; “I prefer to do my own research”; “Let’s go around and say what was our biggest rule violation. I’ll go first… ‘
Do not : Smile when asked what TV you watched during the lockdown and say you “mostly broadcast experimental theater and maybe, like, a little bit of spoken word.” You lie.
Do: Read the play before making dark jokes about Covid. Acceptable “linkable” topics include post-stage-3 shags, that big boat that got stuck and ranks your riskiest nature wees of 2020.
Do not : Get drunk and make unrealistic and expensive plans with your friends. Tomorrow you can decide if you really go to Alton Towers or Airbnb-ing an entire castle in Scotland.
Do: Check in properly with people. Ask open ended questions about how they are doing, even if “WAP” goes off and you are frantically summoned to the dance floor.
Do not : Allow yourself to be alone for even a few minutes with this ex you broke up with at the start of confinement for very valid reasons. Yes, you are thirsty, but it is not worth it.
Do: Praise them for doing it! Even though they’re on the unbearable level of engaged, adopting a puppy, buying a house in a Nunhead, they also struggled. Let’s celebrate our collective resilience, eh?
Don’ts: Ask what people did for Christmas. You might watch their eyes go cold as they are plagued by scrapping flashbacks with a customer at the last M&S roast turkey meal for one.
Do: Check with people before hugging them. Yeah, it’s embarrassing – but lean on it! Not everyone is back on the physical touch train. Plus, you might have the overly enthusiastic wide-eyed gaze of someone who wants that hug too much, and that’s off-putting.
Don’ts: Glare at people who are having fun, while muttering grimly that “the next wave can’t come soon enough”. Nobody needs that right now.
The new rules for being in public transport in 2021.
How to eat and drink in post-pandemic London.