The end of the battle against Covid-19 seems a long way off in Northern Ireland but nations across the globe are beginning to ease restrictions and look to a brighter future.
A world without face masks and unlimited social gatherings has become a reality for some.
The Belfast Telegraph takes a look at five countries relaxing their restrictions and how they got there in 12 months or less.
The state of New South Wales will return to the closest thing to normal on Monday since the pandemic began.
Weddings, funerals and private gatherings can welcome unlimited numbers, people will be allowed to sing and dance "in any environment", and face masks will no longer be mandatory on public transport.
Stadiums and theatres can also reopen with a 100% seated capacity.
New South Wales and Sydney introduced state border closures following a mid-December outbreak and are reaping the benefits.
High rates of community compliance and aggressive contact tracing has helped Australia manage the pandemic. In total, the country has suffered 909 deaths and a total of 29,220 cases.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern put New Zealand into a state of lockdown on March 23, 2020, after already shutting its borders.
Compulsory quarantine for travellers and successful contact tracing kept the spread of Covid to a minimum.
More recently, 'snap lockdowns' in cities such as Auckland have stemmed community transmission.
The country is currently at 'Alert Level 1', which means there is still a risk of the virus returning to the community; however, there are no restrictions on crowd gatherings.
New Zealand is the envy of nations across the world as it's stellar handling of the pandemic has kept the number of positive cases down to 2,470, while just 26 people have lost their lives.
Meanwhile in Europe, Iceland has virtually banished Covid from the remote North Atlantic island.
With the benefits of having one international airport and less than half a million people, luck has played its part, but testing, contact tracing and placing those infected into isolation has been a huge effort.
On April 9, restrictions such as mandatory mask wearing in shops and public transport, 50-person gathering limits, and social distancing between those who do not have a close relationship will all be lifted.
Bars, restaurants, pools and gyms are all currently open on the island.
Since the pandemic began, Iceland has had 6,122 positive cases and 29 deaths.
Despite having over three million positive Covid cases and 73,744 deaths since the pandemic began, Madrid has some of the loosest lockdown restrictions in Europe. Spain's capital has saw an influx of French tourists taking advantage of open bars and restaurants in recent weeks.
Meanwhile, Gibraltar, with a population of fewer than 34,000, has vaccinated all of its adult population.
Shops, bars and restaurants are all open with restrictions, while masks are still mandatory in public spaces.
Gibraltar has had 4,271 total virus cases and 94 deaths during the course of the pandemic.
The Middle Eastern country is slowly exiting its third lockdown.
Waiting lists for restaurants can be as long as 10 days as venues are permitted to allow 100 guests indoors.
However, those able to make the most of the easing of restrictions must be vaccinated. They receive green passes, which indicate vaccination or recovery from Covid.
The passes allow those who have had both doses of the vaccine to access places of worship, cultural events, restaurants, bars, swimming pools and gyms. Those without green passes can eat in outdoor areas.
Much like Northern Ireland, Israel has suffered over the past 12 months with 830,000 cases and 6,122 deaths, but it is coming out the other side.