As the UK remains in lockdown, many people are celebrating their birthdays in a different way from usual – in isolation.
With over 55,000 cases of COVID-19 in the UK we have all been told to follow social distancing and lockdown advice from the government.
Luke Child, a 22-year-old music production graduate from Leamington Spa, has a few tips for creating a special day without leaving the house.
Luke Child gives his advice for a birthday in lockdown. Credit: Bensound.
The advice Luke shared was to decorate your house, find all those old ‘Happy Birthday’ banners and put them everywhere you can. Secondly he said to “kick start your tik tok career”. The app which was growing in popularity even before the pandemic has become a hobby for many in isolation.
Luke even joked that he had had a call from the Prime Minister letting him know he was entitled to two walks on his birthday.
“get through it”
luke child, music graduate
Luke’s neighbours have been pulling together as a community. Alfie Brunt, 21, a student living near Luke, told me about en elderly neighbour living alone “so on Thursday nights people are going and clapping outside his house”.
Alfie described how much he was enjoying the “community comeback” during this strange time.
“This is necessary, so wash your hands, learn something new, and get through it.” Luke reminds us that it is important to keep in mind why we are in lockdown rather than getting upset or angry about having to spend our birthdays in lockdown.
Be sure to follow the latest NHS advice on the pandemic.
- Wash your hands with soap and water often – for at least 20 seconds
- Sneeze and cough into a tissue or your sleeve
- Wash your hands as soon as you get home
- Only go out to shop for necessities
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean