VE Day lessons for lockdown aftermath as restrictions expected to ease

As the UK commemorates the 75th anniversary of VE day, are we living through this generation's defining moment? Evening Standard columnist Matthew D'Ancona reflects on what can be learned from not just the moment of victory in Europe, but the struggles the country faced after it. With Boris Johnson expected to ease some lockdown rules next week, he believes we face our toughest challenge yet, and future generations will judge us on our decisions. 

Hotels are hoping to re-open before the end of the summer, and welcome in those who have been desperate for a break since social isolation began. But the Evening Standard's consumer business editor Jonathan Prynn says the experience is going to be very different, with receptions scrapped and restaurants closed in favour of room service. With the Bank of England also warning of the sharpest recession on record heading the UK's way, how many people will be in a position to rent a room anyway? 


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