When MPs and Peers returned to Westminster at the end of Parliament's summer recess there was a feeling that things were getting back to normal. Just to be able to talk informally with colleagues as opposed to staring at their faces on screen was a great relief.
After a further short recess while the party conferences were taking place both the Commons and the Lords began to work much more in their familiar way. A limit on the number of visitors was maintained. Social distancing was eased. But a general debate began between those who wanted a return to complete normality and others who favoured the retention of some of the changes in practice that the pandemic had forced upon us.
Unfortunately that debate has been interrupted by news of a spike in Covid infections occurring on the parliamentary estate. Bear in mind that there are as many as 15,000 people who have entry passes. So testing and mask wearing are once again becoming the rule not just for the safety of members and staff, but to set an example to the nation as a whole coupled with the reminder that it's not all over yet.