The lives changed by lockdown, six months on

A family look on as Boris Johnson makes his televised lockdown address on 23 March (AFP/Getty)
A family look on as Boris Johnson makes his televised lockdown address on 23 March (AFP/Getty)

The past six months have whirled by like a fever dream – a whole series of surreal and nightmarish events which have somehow happened in no time at all.

It was exactly 26 weird weeks ago – on 23 March 2020 – that Boris Johnson announced that the nation was in lockdown, ushering in the most draconian restrictions on ordinary life since the Second World War.  

“You must stay home,” said the prime minister. “You should not be meeting with friends. You should not be meeting family. You should not be going shopping except for essentials like food and medicine – and you should do this as little as you can.”

Many of us told ourselves, and each other, that the worst would be over in a month or two. The economy would get

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Many parents are hesitant to give their kids a Covid-19 vaccine. What if schools require it?

Michelle Vargas of Granite City, Illinois, has always vaccinated her 10-year-old daughter, Madison. They both typically get flu shots. But when a vaccine for the coronavirus eventually comes out, Vargas will not be giving it to her daughter — even if Madison’s school district requires it.

“There is no way in hell I would be playing politics with my daughter’s health and safety,” said Vargas, 36, an online fitness instructor. If the public school Madison attends and loves says the vaccine is mandatory, “we would find other options,” she said.

As pharmaceutical companies race to manufacture a Covid-19 vaccine, many people are wary of a shot that is working its way through the approval process at record speed during a highly politicized pandemic. While some professions could require employees to get the vaccine, experts say schools almost certainly will require students to — potentially setting the stage for a showdown

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Nick Cordero’s widow Amanda Kloots on his death from COVID-19

Nick Cordero’s widow, Amanda Kloots, believes her husband’s situation might have had a different outcome if he were to get sick today. She feels the hospital where he was admitted in March, after he fell ill, treated him well, but she notes that health professionals and scientists know so much more about COVID-19 today than they did six months ago.

“It was a different time, and Nick just got trapped,” Kloots told the New York Times in an interview published online late Tuesday. “I think it would be different if he went to the hospital now.”

The 41-year-old Broadway actor died July 5, after having faced multiple complications in his struggle with COVID-19. He was placed in a medically induced coma, from which he eventually awakened. He also had is leg amputated because of a blood clotting issue.

Kloots was asked whether she thought Cordero’s situation might have turned out

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Start your yoga journey with this lifetime subscription

Start your yoga journey with this lifetime subscription
Start your yoga journey with this lifetime subscription

TL;DR: A lifetime subscription to Yogaia Interactive Yoga Classes is on sale for £232.73 as of Sept. 23, saving you 25% on list price.

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You’ll get access to more than 1,000 basic-to-advanced mind and body classes and workouts for life,

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Amanda Kloots Says She Wants 1-Year-Old Son Elvis to Know His Late Dad Nick Cordero ‘Never Quit’

Ashley Becker Nick Cordero, Amanda Kloots and their son Elvis

Amanda Kloots is opening up about what she wants her 1-year-old son Elvis Eduardo to know about his father and her husband, the late Nick Cordero, who died on July 5 of coronavirus complications.

“I want our son to be curious because Nick was very curious,” Kloots, 38, told the New York Times in an interview published Tuesday. “I want him to know Nick struggled to make his dreams come true and he never quit.”

“I want him to know his dad was a hard worker,” she added. “And I’d love for him to know about all the people that he touched, the lives that he touched, and what a good guy he was.”

Kloots also told the publication about what’s next for her and Elvis.

“We’re heading into the fall and the holidays, so I think that will be

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Make Passionate Pleas About Voting, Online Conduct in ‘TIME 100’ Special

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry made a special appearance during the TIME 100 special on Tuesday. From their stunning Santa Barbara home’s backyard, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared a brief message congratulating those being named to the TIME 100, before making a passionate plea about voting.

“We’re just six weeks out from Election Day, and today is National Voter Registration Day. Every four years, we are told the same thing, that ‘This is the most important election of our lifetime,'” Meghan said. “But this one is. When we vote, our values are put into action and our voices are heard. Your voice is a reminder that you matter. Because you do. And you deserve to be heard.”

Harry added that he’s “not going to be able to vote here in the U.S., but many of you may not know that I haven’t been able to vote in the

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Nail salons can reopen, and Joshua trees get protection under state law

Greetings from Palm Desert. I’m Robert Hopwood, an online producer for The Desert Sun, bringing you a daily roundup of the top news from across California.

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Finally, a pedicure? Nail salons get OK to reopen as counties move tiers 

Sunshine Nails Salon owner Anthony Mai gives Lee Rolfe, 63, of Palm Springs a pedicure inside the salon in Palm Springs, Calif., on July 9, 2020.
Sunshine Nails Salon owner Anthony Mai gives Lee Rolfe, 63, of Palm Springs a pedicure inside the salon in Palm Springs, Calif., on July 9, 2020.

Coronavirus is slowing in the Golden State, and that means you might be able to get a manicure soon. On Tuesday, the state announced its weekly revisions to its color-coded COVID-19 reopening rubric, and five more counties moved from the most-restrictive “purple tier” the red tier:  Alameda, Riverside, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo and Solano counties progressed, joining 18

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The show’s biggest controversies over the years

<em>Great British Bake Off</em> judges and presenters Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith, Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas. (Love Productions/Channel 4)
Great British Bake Off judges and presenters Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith, Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas. (Love Productions/Channel 4)

Despite all the disruption to TV schedules due to the coronavirus pandemic this year, the Great British Bake Off has managed to film a 2020 series.

Arriving a little later than usual, GBBO kicks off on Channel 4 on Tuesday after a huge behind-the-scenes operation ensured it was safe to shoot.

While viewers supposedly won’t be able to tell the show was filmed in unusual circumstances, there will be one obvious change as Matt Lucas has replaced Sandi Toksvig as a presenter.

As summer unfolds into autumn GBBO is reliably comforting fare for this time of year and a welcome distraction but that doesn’t mean it’s guaranteed to always be plain sailing.

Watch: Channel 4 teases The Great British Bake Off’s return to screens

Read more: Matt Lucas says GBBO schedule

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Peloton and 9 Other Fitness Stocks on a Winning Streak Right Now

The value of fitness company Peloton has more than tripled thus far in 2020. Some of that can likely be attributed to the way that the pandemic has forced more people to stay at home for their workouts. There is also likely a renewed focus on health and wellness being driven by the news. That will have some investors wondering which fitness stocks could give them a chance to hop onto this trend.

To help you understand what the investing landscape looks like in this industry, here’s a glimpse at some of the publicly traded companies that might give you a chance to cash in on a trend toward more fitness and better health among Americans. And with each stock is a review of how it has performed in 2020 and what its highest and lowest prices have been in the last year.

Here are the stocks that make money

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London Designers Embrace Film, Set Their Own Rules

LONDON — This was a London season of mixed emotions and many question marks.

With new government restrictions forbidding social gatherings of more than six people, most of the city’s designers embraced the film format for the first time, with just a handful of one-on-one appointments hosted on the side.

Just like London fashion, which can vary from classic to completely kooky from one calendar slot to the next, designers’ take on the genre was varied, ranging from abstract narratives to dance routines, or catwalk experiences captured for the screen.

But the general consensus was a positive one, with most designers talking about feeling relieved or even liberated to no longer have to deal with the pressure of the runway and have a new outlet to push their artistic boundaries and speak about the effects of lockdown.

Their presentations were deeply personal, from Thea Bregazzi and Justin Thornton’s collection —

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