Wherever you are in the world, it is highly likely that your routine has been disrupted by restrictions on movement that have been implemented to slow down the spread of the COVID-19 virus. There have been a whole range of significant changes thrown at citizens throughout the world, with relatively short notice. I suspect it has been (and will continue to be) a period of adjustment for all of us.
I live in the UK, and like most of the population, I am pretty much confined to my home. We are (currently) permitted to leave the house once per day for exercise, providing strict rules around physical distancing are observed. I am someone who feels a lot better for exercising daily, so I’ve been leaving the house early (before most people are awake) and going for a brisk walk. I’ve found myself falling into a routine—I tend to take the same route and around the same time each day. Perhaps subconsciously I am finding comfort in the fact that this routine is something I can control… for now at least!
After a few days of following the same route at the same time, I started to recognise the same people at certain points. One person does aerobic exercises near a war memorial; another feeds the swans at Canoe lake (a constructed lake near the seafront). There’s a person who jogs around Canoe lake, another that roller-blades, and there’s me who walks anti-clockwise around the lake five times before heading off. At this time of the morning, everyone is acutely aware of the need to maintain a safe distance from each other. New etiquette has emerged on crossing to the other side of the path to maintain at least 2 metres distance.