Physical distancing has been difficult for everyone. 

Whatever your comfort zone for social interaction, few people would imagine 2 metres could become a new 'normal'.  Prospects that this might last for months more, especially for the most senior citizens, is disturbing.  What to do?  Air hugs, as in air bands, might work for some.  Bring back the bow and curtsy? This is an opportunity to exercise imagination or find substitutes until physical closeness is again possible.  Here is one somewhat radical suggestion that appeared in The Guardian.  Other suggestions are always welcome.

Barbara Feeney, recently repatriated to Dublin from Melbourne, wrote in praise of the simple hug:

"In Iceland, the country’s forestry service has recommended that people hug a tree once a day during lockdown, to aid relaxation and boost their sense of wellbeing. Rangers are recommending a daily five-minute tree hug. A rather peculiar instruction, but there’s something quite lovely about it too.

This got me thinking about hugging. Before now I had never thought a lot about hugging. I suppose it’s just one of those things we do on automatic pilot.

There’s a lot to be said for technology and how it can connect us and help us feel less alone, but nothing makes up for a good hug. So, while I wait for a government-approved hug, I’ll keep hugging my teddy and maybe give the Icelandic tree-hugging a go!"