The scenes at a Co Antrim church yesterday would have gladdened the hearts of people of all faiths. Dozens of members from the Maghaberry Elim congregation were able to worship together at a drive-in service, for the first time in over two months.
Pastor Brian Madden, who is himself recovering from Covid-19, had held drive-in services before the lockdown, and he took advice before reinstating them yesterday. Other churches, including Clonard in west Belfast, had reopened for private prayer on Thursday.
This development, along with reports than non-essential shops may be opening soon again, marks the start of a gradual return to normality.
However, for the time being, we must continue to follow the lockdown rules.