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The Covid legacy: Ten ways the pandemic has changed our lives

As the Government contemplates whether or not it can ease restrictions, John Meagher reports on how the pandemic has had a transformative effect ­— on the way we work, rest and play. So how will life be different when it is finally over — and what will stay the same?

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Illustration by Shane Mc Intyre

Illustration by Shane Mc Intyre

Closing time: A barman checks the head on a pint of Guinness. Many pubs, especially in rural Ireland, did not survive the pandemic

Closing time: A barman checks the head on a pint of Guinness. Many pubs, especially in rural Ireland, did not survive the pandemic

Wake-up call: A man takes a photo of Dublin mural of Greta Thunberg. The pandemic has given many people a greater appreciation of environmental matters

Wake-up call: A man takes a photo of Dublin mural of Greta Thunberg. The pandemic has given many people a greater appreciation of environmental matters

Ronan Lynch, who owns The Swan pub in Dublin. Photo by Mark Condren

Ronan Lynch, who owns The Swan pub in Dublin. Photo by Mark Condren

'The slowing down has given some people pause to think': Environmentalist John Gibbons. Photo by Gerry Mooney

'The slowing down has given some people pause to think': Environmentalist John Gibbons. Photo by Gerry Mooney

Prof Jack Lambert. Photo by Steve Humphreys

Prof Jack Lambert. Photo by Steve Humphreys

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Illustration by Shane Mc Intyre

After 20 months in which our lives have been turned upside down due to a virus that was unknown this time two years ago, we had hoped that normality would return with the easing of remaining restrictions on Friday.

But concerns from NPHET and the Government in recent days at the rising number of cases have cast doubt on how much of this easing of restriction can go ahead as planned on October 22.


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