A look back at 202115 minute read Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021
If 2020 was a year like no other, with the arrival of the global COVID-19 pandemic and the resultant disruption of life as we knew it, then 2021 was A Year Like No Other: The Sequel.
The ‘new normal’ of life in Manitoba involves hand sanitizer, mandatory face masks in public spaces and the expansion and contraction of public health restrictions.
Children and students spent the first half of the year finishing up the 2020-21 school year in virtual classrooms. By fall, businesses, schools and event and entertainment venues began to open up at full capacity (with mandatory masking for all and proof of vaccination requirements for adults). However, the rollercoaster nature of this SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has been such that we end 2021 worrying about the new, seemingly more infectious Omicron strain of the virus and wondering if we may yet face another lockdown and tighter restrictions.
Throughout the year, however, most Manitobans have proven themselves to be caring, thoughtful and resilient. We have found new and creative ways to endure the difficulties of the past 12 months, and to make the most of what we have been able to do.