It was high summer and the threat of coronavirus had seemingly faded with just a handful of cases a day. But as the sun shone and our guard lowered, danger lurked all around us.
As complacency set in, and society returned to normal, the virus was still lurking, silently spreading from person to person.
On July 1, just a single positive Covid-19 case was recorded and the numbers remained steadily low until 43 tests were confirmed on August 6.
It was then that alarm bells should have been ringing, not just for the Stormont Assembly, but the Northern Ireland population.
The country is now gripped in the much-feared second wave as positive test results have sky-rocketed in recent weeks. Today saw a record 1,217 cases and four deaths. Yesterday it was 863 cases and seven deaths.
But how did we get to this sorry state and where did our collective fight against this deadly virus begin to unravel?
It could be argued that a culmination of events in recent months shook the determination of the public to protect those most vulnerable.
Did some of our political leaders give mixed messages?
Did localised lockdowns come too late?
Was the Eat Out to Help Out scheme, in hindsight, the wrong thing to do? Or did we, the public, simply become too complacent?
Arlene Foster and Michelle O'Neill's partnership broke down in June after Sinn Fein's northern leader and other senior party members attended the funeral of republican Bobby Storey in west Belfast despite restrictions on public gatherings.
The First and Deputy First Minister's united front in the face of the pandemic had been a breath of fresh air but Mrs Foster said she could no longer speak alongside Ms O'Neill at the Covid-19 briefings.
Mixed messages from our political leaders continued as DUP MP Sammy Wilson was criticised over his anti-mask tweets, while he was also pictured on the London tube not wearing a face covering.
Dr Gabriel Scally, a former NHS doctor and professor of Public Health at the University of Bristol, was scathing at the examples set by some of our politicians.
He said that those who failed to stick to the rules were "destructive for communities, solidarity and sensible behaviour".
"It really takes gross incompetence to get to such a dreadful position so quickly," reflected Dr Scally. "From my mind, I think the major problem was when the figures were so low, not to go on and get it down to zero and keep it there.
"Part of that is the failure in cooperation between north and south to get a joint strategy and a joint agreement on the way forward."
Belfast GP Dr George O'Neill added that there were too many "bad examples" where people did not adhere to the guidelines.
"You can't do away with risk totally but you can by washing your hands, by socially distancing, by staying out of crowds and by using face masks where appropriate," continued the joint chair of the West Belfast GP Federation.
"It can make a massive difference.
"The problem was it slipped and it wasn't only at funerals, it happened at [sport] matches and with people going back to university."
Bars and restaurants serving hot food were finally allowed to reopen their doors on Friday, July 3. The Eat Out to Help Out scheme encouraged many customers through the doors in August as they took full advantage.
The scheme even saw footfall double in some establishments.
Looking back at the initiative, Dr Scally feels it was "the wrong scheme at the wrong time".
"Any of those social activities should all have been outdoors," he said. "The money spent on it would have been better spent getting us to zero cases.
"If we got to zero in July we could all be in the pub now and it would have made no difference. It's just crazy."
Those seeking a holiday abroad were also permitted to travel to 'green' or 'amber' categorised countries without the need to quarantine on their return home throughout the summer.
Dr Scally suggested that it was "stupid" to allow flights to go ahead with no quarantine measures in place for travellers.
"Absolutely, people should not be flying off abroad on holiday," he said.
"That's a ridiculous thing to do when we're in the state we're in but it always was.
"Right from the beginning, the first thing that should have been done in Britain and Ireland was stopping people from bringing the virus to our shores and put in place quarantine arrangements."
Come August, Newcastle saw a surge in cases as two amusements were forced to close after staff members tested positive for coronavirus.
The streets of the popular Co Down seaside town were rammed as the good weather attracted thousands to the resort.
Health Minister Robin Swann then dropped the axe on outdoor gatherings of more than 30 people, and families and friends gathering together in homes.
Local restrictions then came into place in the entire Belfast City Council area, various surrounding postcode areas and Ballymena following a spike in cases.
Those regulations were announced by Mrs Foster and Ms O'Neill on September 10, in what was their first joint press conference in 73 days after the furore over Mr Storey's funeral.
The reopening of schools and universities inevitably saw an outbreak of Covid cases as pupils returned to the classrooms.
More than 160 staff and students in Queen's University Belfast have tested positive for the virus, with another 400 self-isolating.
However, it was the house parties in the Holyland area of south Belfast that drew the biggest criticism.
The PSNI took full advantage of their new powers to crack down on those students flouting the guidelines with officers making a concerted effort to put a stop to the street partying in the early hours of September 17.
Less than a week later, the Executive announced that households were banned from mixing indoors, while no more than six people in two households could meet in private gardens.
Dr O'Neill foresees the virus remaining for at least a generation, but stressed that a lockdown every few months was simply not the answer.
"There was a lot of conflicting messages and then suddenly the bars, restaurants and gyms were opened, and I think people just got complacent and were ignoring the risks," he said.
"We need a simple firm message consistently played out explaining to people what the risks are and it's up to each individual to then decide what risks they're willing to take."
As the virus continued its relentless march, the Derry and Strabane District Council area, which has the highest infection rate in the UK, was hit with new controls to curb the increase in Covid-19 levels at the beginning of this month.
Meanwhile, the PSNI launched an investigation into a GAA match in Bellaghy on October 4, to determine if there were any breaches of regulations after large crowds were pictured in the stands.
Just a day later, the GAA took drastic action to suspend all club games on the island of Ireland until further notice.
The decision was taken in the interests of public safety "following a number of incidents that have been brought to our attention in recent days" according to a directive issued to counties.
With the number of positive cases reaching 6,286 in the last week, it will hardly come as a surprise if the Executive does introduce greater measures in the coming days.
Dr Scally concluded: "We were within touching distance of zero and we let it slip through our hands and that's just negligence and cowardice from politicians who haven't got the courage to do the right thing."