AND just like that, it’s the end of the Plan B Covid restrictions.

In an announcement that was almost too good to be true this week, the Prime Minister immediately withdrew work-from-home guidelines, with compulsory mask-wearing and compulsory Covid passes to be scrapped from Thursday.

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It feels like a momentous occasion and we really should seize the day and enjoy every moment of our fresh, mask-free new world.

Now we can hope to get our lives back.

It feels like a momentous occasion and we really should seize the day and enjoy every moment of our cool, mask-free world.

This time, two years ago, we had no idea we would soon be under house arrest – and what a time it has been since then.

Throughout the various confinements, I have missed so many things.

Going out to eat a meal that I hadn’t cooked myself was up there on the list. Just like meeting friends on a whim and traveling. But we have all suffered from the fact that, essentially, our freedom has been taken away from us.

Even long after the lockdowns were over, everything we wanted to do required careful planning.

There was endless paperwork and testing to travel – and even when we traveled we had the worry in the back of our minds that we might catch Covid and not be able to return.

But now the vaccination program has saved us.

We can start to roam free and life can finally get back to normal.

Yet it is as if we are all Sleeping Beauties waking up from a two-year slumber.

For some – teenagers who should have spread their wings and young people trying to leave home, among many others – putting life on hold has been ruinous enough.

He was also lonely. Groundhog Day every day, with the most exciting daily event a trip to the supermarket.

Add in working from home with dodgy wifi and a house full of kids or roommates, and it was all very stressful for many.

Some people’s lives have shrunk so much that they are afraid that life will return to normal.

But they must work hard to broaden their horizons again and spread their wings to seize new opportunities.

We all need to remember that we only live once, so seizing the moment is important.

We are no longer in a cocoon or in bubbles.

Now we can make up for lost time and we can all get back to work.

My staff never stopped, of course. Football continued, and so did we.

After two years of reflection, many of us are wondering what can definitely change for the better now.

Professionally, if you feel stuck in your career, now is a great time to reset your goals. Big companies need dynamism.

The good news is that agile working is here to stay. I think a lot of bosses initially thought that working from home was a way to get around.

Six hours in a mask must be hard work

But, in reality, people are working smarter and harder and are happier, whenever possible, doing it from home.

We have embraced agile working at West Ham United.

That said, overall we need a return to work from the offices to find the main street and people become more confident to go out.

New entrants and school leavers are missing vital time with their jobs. You learn so much more just by being in an office environment.

In an announcement this week, the Prime Minister immediately withdrew work from home advice, with compulsory mask-wearing and compulsory Covid passes to be scrapped from Thursday

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In an announcement this week, the Prime Minister immediately withdrew work from home advice, with compulsory mask-wearing and compulsory Covid passes to be scrapped from Thursday

You just can’t learn much by just working from home. Exchanges and new encounters are vital for young beginners.

So we all need to accept the end of Plan B restrictions and be ready to return to life as we know it.

This includes the fact that masks will no longer be compulsory, including for school children.

I really disagree with the teachers’ unions who say that masks should always be worn in schools, despite all the science refuting their necessity.

Six hours in a mask must be hard work for kids – and teachers can’t pick up on facial expressions, which are so important for learning.

We make life more difficult than necessary by keeping them.

Masks have been abandoned as we continue to live.

In the words of Pink Floyd, “Hey, teacher, leave ’em alone!”

Rebekah in shape? Absoutely!

Jamie and Rebekah Vardy under the winter sun in the Maldives

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Jamie and Rebekah Vardy under the winter sun in the Maldives
I'm jealous of Rebekah's rock hard abs - frankly unachievable after having five kids

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I’m jealous of Rebekah’s rock hard abs – frankly unachievable after having five kids

IT’S very hard not to feel green with envy over all the celebrities who manage to get some winter sun.

I include Jamie and Rebekah Vardy, who are in the Maldives.

But the jealousy I felt seeing Rebekah’s latest Instagram photos isn’t about her £700 Dior bikini or the £8,000-a-night five-star Cheval Blanc Randheli resort.

No, what I’m jealous of are his rock hard abs – frankly impossible after having five kids.

Looking this good, this fitted and fabulous in a string bikini, no matter how many kids you’ve had, is something to be proud of.

Good for her.

Social media harms women

Labor MP Jo Cox was killed in 2016 by a far-right activist after she was repeatedly harassed and threatened online

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Labor MP Jo Cox was killed in 2016 by a far-right activist after she was repeatedly harassed and threatened online

ANYONE who doubts that everyday sexism is fueled by social media and out of control should read the results of a new poll of women parliamentarians.

41.8% have seen extremely humiliating or sexually charged images of them posted on social media, including fake photo montages showing them naked.

We desperately need more women politicians and we wonder why they don’t want to enter the political system – and it’s the same all over the world.

Meanwhile, in Britain and the United States, a female politician or journalist is attacked on Twitter every 30 seconds.

But cybercrimes are more difficult to investigate and therefore often go unpunished.

Makes me crazy

All but the most serious or disturbing complaints are ignored.

Those that are reviewed are often when an escalation to a more tangible threat has occurred.

To remind us how serious this can be, Labor MP Jo Cox was killed in 2016 by a far-right activist after she was repeatedly harassed and threatened online.

Words like slag, slut and whore are reserved exclusively for women and used only to degrade them. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve been called that on Twitter.

But if you report this to Twitter, it responds and says it finds “no violation of its rules”.

Ridiculous.

This kind of abuse is disgusting and unacceptable. It has to stop. The police need to do more, as do social media companies.

It drives me crazy that they don’t make it their top priority.

Maybe that’s why we need more women to make decisions.

FACE JUSTICE

WHAT kind of sadist thinks it’s okay to abuse a disabled and vulnerable person?

Well, you’d seriously hope this isn’t the same kind of person who is also drawn to nursing home work.

Unfortunately, it turns out that’s not the case. Three care home workers were jailed for 18 months this week for abusing a 54-year-old man who is deaf and suffers from learning disabilities, epilepsy and anxiety and requires round-the-clock care .

Sean Watkins and Daniel Gower, both 23, and Laura Paul, 29, stuck limpets into the man’s back, barricaded him in his bedroom and made him carry a bucket over his head when they were “taking care of” him.

Sentencing them at Gloucester Crown Court, Judge Ian Lawrie described their despicable behavior as “an affront to humanity” – with which I wholeheartedly agree.

Unfortunately, their pain is also an affront.

It should be much longer.

queen a true leader

After Pince Philip died last April, No10 said he could temporarily lift some of the Covid rules in place at the time - a suggestion rejected by the Queen

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After Pince Philip died last April, No10 said he could temporarily lift some of the Covid rules in place at the time – a suggestion rejected by the Queen

IS anyone else completely unsurprised to learn that although Downing Street offered the Queen a Covid exemption for Prince Philip’s funeral, to allow more mourners, she did refused.

Following Prince Philip’s death last April, No10 said he could temporarily lift some of the Covid rules in place at the time.

But in a show of solidarity that runs counter to the ‘one rule for us, another for them’ accusations that have been circulating around politicians of late, the suggestion was dismissed by Her Majesty.

The funeral was held with strict limits on the number of people who could attend – something thousands of other families in the UK were also experiencing at this time.

That’s why we all admire the Queen.

It’s amazing that at a time of enormous personal grief, she was still thinking about the feelings of the rest of the country.

Even though she was grieving over the loss of her life partner and soul mate, she wouldn’t accept preferential treatment, probably because she knew it wouldn’t have been fair to the rest of us. we. This is what true leadership is.

GOOD RID OF HIM

Listening to the first speech delivered by former Tory MP Christian Wakeford, it is easy to conclude that the Tories are well rid of him.

He defected to Labor this week and his performance was not exactly brimming with authority and skillful oration.

But it’s also ironic, isn’t it, that this guy was the one who backed a bill that proposed that MPs who defect to other parties have their seats set up for a by-election.

When is the by-election?

Boris Johnson: ‘Britain is on its way back to full normality after Covid’