A RELAXATION of social distancing will give everyone a social bubble of a maximum ten people they are allowed to see. Which will you regret?
They’ve been easy to miss when they’re only on the phone, but six weeks of separation hasn’t begun to clear the issues that have been festering between you since your birth. They’ll come roaring back along with poisonous, strings-attached offers of sandwiches, laundry and blessed childcare.
Your child’s friend’s parents
Playing with kids is awful, so it’s tempting to add a young playmate and their parents to your bubble. But once they’re in there’s no way out so think seriously about the consequences of socialising with people you cannot simply tell to go f**k themselves.
The person you were ready to bone before lockdown
The world has moved on and you’ve both had so many virtual flings since that you’ll have sex it once and immediately move on. However now they’re in your bubble they can’t leave so they meet your parents anyway.
The colleague who gives good Zoom
You’ve had great remote banter with that co-worker so why not invite them round and commit to their company for the next few months? Until you realise why everyone else keeps them at arm’s length and you’re forced to fake a case of the ‘rona just to end contact.
The neighbour with a pub in his garage
Why not? It’s the only pub you’re going to, after all. Then after three pints of warm, pissy lager while realising it’s more garage than pub, he gets his collection of swords out and begins talking you through his journey to white nationalism.