An Englishman’s home might be his castle, but the drawbridge has been raised for the best part of a year. And, despite commentators and internet forums screaming that the country is sliding into dictatorship, lockdowns have been popular and, more or less, widely followed.

People were told to batten down the hatches, to wear their masks and bake their banana bread – and, in the name of saving lives, they did. Now, as more and more grinning pensioners get an armful of viral spike protein, the end of the ordeal could at last be in sight. But it won’t be enough to simply relax restrictions and get back down the pub.