We're on the brink. It's Friday morning. Tomorrow, in England at least, everything changes. The lockdown is effectively over.
We can meet inside, go to the pub, get as tantalisingly close as a metre to each other.
It's been 103 days since we were told to go inside. Inch by inch that's relaxed until now, many will feel they can do what they like.
Do we honestly expect lovers, separated for all this time, to keep 'one metre plus' apart once they have found themselves alone, once, finally, they've found themselves in their painstakingly tided front rooms?
And yet, these decisions have been made. Perhaps the evidence is strong enough. R is between1 and 0.7. Closest to 1 in the Midlands, which includes Leicester. Here in Kent, we're chilling with a smooth 0.84.
With cases having fallen steadily - despite much, much more testing - and the R rate below 1, perhaps there are few enough cases in the community. Perhaps if you find yourself in a slightly crowded bar over the weekend, it is pretty safe because it's unlikely any of your fellow thirsty punters have the virus to give to you.
Will it be constant rolling local lockdowns and frequent spikes in cases or just more relaxed rules, a boost to the economy and people allowed to get out and enjoy the summer?
We just don't know. Or at least, I just don't know. Last week I gave you lots of questions and generally shrugged in your general direction. This week, let's just look back at what has happened so far. The path to this crossroad.
Finally, whatever you're doing this weekend, look after yourself. Stay safe.
Peace and love,
The week ahead...
It's the first big week back in the Commons...
House of Commons
Monday - The Domestic Abuse Bill makes it's final visit to the House of Commons. Nothing can be more serious than the protection of our fellow humans. Nothing.
Domestic abuse, vile and evil as it is, is hard to fight. It often takes place behind closed doors, with victims terrified to speak out, unable to escape the continuous and unrelenting misery.
This Bill aims to help those victims. Part of that is to create a clear definition of coercive control - making it easier to spot and support victims. It co-ordinates agencies like the police, teachers and health professionals. Sets out strategies to support victims and stop escalation. It makes changes to courts, so victims won't have to face their abusers.
It has been broadly welcomed by many groups, but there are those who say it doesn't go far enough and that not everyone is equally protected.
Tuesday - Every now and again, the government have to give a day over to estimates of how much they are going to spend in the next year. They are imaginatively called 'Estimates Days'. They are excruciatingly dull.
Wednesday - PMQs! Boris! Keir! Ian! Just two left until September. Get your fix, while you still can.
The focus of Wednesday, though, won't be Mr Johnson. Nope. It will be Mr Sunak. Today, we'll get a financial statement.
This is going to be all about the economic recovery. The PM gave a speech about building stuff and employment recently, but it's today we might get the real detail.
This isn't a full budget, but it is hugely important and will have a big impact on millions of lives. The decisions outlined will shape what happens for years to come. Livelihoods depend on what is said.
Thursday - The final day of estimates, for which we can only be grateful.
Friday - Commons closed so MPs can do their constituency thing.
House of Lords
Monday - Last week, the Commons debated a Bill to help pubs and restaurants make the most from outdoor space and takeaways. It hasn't come in time for pubs to open on 4th, but will get through the Lords pretty quickly. Their first look at it is today.
Tuesday - The Agriculture Bill is there to set things up for a post Bresit world. It doesn't do too much specific, but gets everything ready.
All eyes will be, however, be on an amendment that failed in the Commons. That is to guarantee farming standards once we've left. The government say they've already made those guarantees, and better to keep some flexibility. Campaigners say that if it's all set already, why not include it in the Bill?
Wednesday - Not a great deal.
Thursday - More Agriculture Bill fun.
Friday - They are sitting today, but, well, I wouldn't set an alarm for their 11am start.
These are hard times. We don't know what's coming, we don't know where we're going. It's no different for life at SP. Over the past few weeks, some people have been very generous with their support. We're not too far off a place where our future is looking more certain. If you can support us with a few quid a month, it would really mean the world. Thank you.