By mid-March it was becoming increasingly clear that big changes were afoot. The media was full of news about a new Coronavirus that was sweeping the world. Things were becoming increasingly ominous with, for example, cancellations of many City functions, coupled with changes to methods of greeting such as touching elbows and, eventually, no contact at all. At my final livery event, the Carpenters Company Spring Livery Dinner on 11 March 2020, the changes were confirmed with the dispensation of both the Welcome Line and the Loving Cup. For the week beginning 16 March, every single livery event in the city was cancelled; and the great lockdown began on 23 March 2020. This meant the cancellation of many events, including the Lord Mayor's White Tie Banquet at Mansion House, The United Guilds Service, the Masons Court Luncheon and the Tile Association Awards Ceremony. At this stage everybody started keenly watching the news and the Prime Minister's nightly briefings in order to gain as much knowledge as possible about how things would develop over the coming weeks and months. There was a huge thirst for knowledge in the country. Simultaneously, people were beginning to think of new ways of communicating with each other, and the Zoom generation was born. Soon everybody was talking about Zoom, Teams, Skype, and many other ways of talking to each other over Cyberspace. I had my first virtual meeting with the Acting Clerk and Wardens on Monday, 23 March 2020 and this made us very quickly realise that virtual meetings were an effective and efficient way of communicating with each other under the present lockdown circumstances. and thus began our journey into the strange and new unknown territory of virtual gatherings. Little did we know how long it would last.