The easing of lockdown measures is leaving people in a bind. Though many remain wary of contracting COVID-19, there’s a common desire for physical interaction after months of social isolation. So, how can shops, restaurants, and leisure spaces create experiences that keep us safe and connected?
Lee Chambers is a psychologist, entrepreneur, and expert on wellbeing and human performance. He works with leaders and athletes, while his company advises a range of FTSE 100 companies on wellbeing strategy and bespoke training utilising performance psychology. Lee has been interviewed by Vogue, The Guardian, and Newsweek, and is regularly featured on broadcast and radio in the UK, delivering cutting-edge advice in a simple and accessible way. He also speaks on a range of topics, including health innovation and the future of wellbeing. He is the winner of the Service Entrepreneur of the Year at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards and has been identified as a Top BAME Voice in Science.
Elysa Kahn is an entrepreneur and the founder of Squadded, a platform that lets users shop online with their friends.
Sarah Drumm is a freelance journalist covering small businesses, start-ups, and new consumer brands. She is a contributor to Canvas8 and published a report on the popularity of direct-to-consumer brand communities for Thingtesting.
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The lockdown measures introduced to reduce the spread of COVID-19 have kept people confined with certain loved ones for months while preventing them from seeing others. Canvas8 spoke to 17 Britons and Americans to find out how this period of self-isolation has impacted their relationships.
Video calls may have helped to ease isolation during lockdown, but it’s not just humans that can provide a sense of connection. Canvas8 spoke to social psychologist Dr. Elaine Paravati Harrigan to understand how people are fulfilling social needs with or without others.
While some Britons are eager to return to normality and indulge in some retail therapy, others remain anxious about in-store hygiene and safety. Working to protect both shoppers and employees, Primark is changing its retail landscape as lockdown restrictions lift across the UK.