Since Monday we have been “bombed” with pictures we haven’t seen in a year and a half: people, together, without masks, are having fun. So this is the first (almost) unrestricted day in the UK. The discos are open, the mask is not mandatory, the responsibility, which is one, is given to every British.
To tell you a little bit about this new freedom, we talked to Bernardo Barboza, who was born in Paranhos, but with his connections with Pino, he told us about this new reality and what led him to settle.
“I came to live in Manchester after graduating with a master’s degree in biology and water quality management from the Faculty of Science at the University of Porto. It was a challenge for my mom who already lived here, and in my quest to improve my English and desire for a better life, with better jobs, I decided to take a risk. “, Started by explaining.
He moved in in January 2017 and is currently the manager of a restaurant with a bar. Three years after emigrating, the plague knocked on his door, as almost everyone did. “This is a difficult time for those who cannot see their family and who are in another country. I have not seen my brother since the beginning of the epidemic and it is not good to go to other countries like the UK. ”, He recalled.
However, after a year and a half of uncertainty, the British government decided to lift most of the restrictions, taking into account the progress of the vaccine in the country. “The news came with some trepidation. They considered it ‘Independence Day’, but at the same time, the cases went up.”, Said.
Caution is needed, we must believe that this is not over yet.
Despite being currently on vacation, Bernardo Barboza says where he works, the rules are maintained. “We must wear masks, respect social distance and avoid congestion at spas.”, He explained, not forgetting to disinfect the gaps. As for the vaccine, the Portuguese are already with the vaccine “Two Sizes of AstraZeneca” And hopes to be protected. “Now it’s like the flu. The vaccine is a way to further protect us.”, Said.
In connection with the removal of the measures, Bernardo Barbosa argues “One step bigger than morning, more than that”, Indicates that the economy is following a good pace. “People are slowly gaining confidence and now they are open. We are back to normal and it looks like the virus is no more.”, Detected.
However, he believes the attitude of the people was expected on ‘Independence Day’. “The whole world is imprisoned, they have failed to do what they want most, they have lost the ability to be with family and friends and to have fun., Is considered.
In my opinion, young people should be vaccinated first, and then, yes, start losing faith in the use of masks in closed areas.
Bernardo Barbosa, who will return to Portugal in 2022, hopes to return, of course, within two years. “The goal is to start a hotel business. Portugal is a beautiful country, a good place to live, and a pity for the economic situation in which it finds itself. ”, Finished.
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