As the Wales-wide lockdown began to ease over the summer, families and friends across the country staged emotional reunions after months apart.
Grandparents met grandchildren for the first time, couples who had not lived together could meet and extended households began to form.
But now, as 15 counties in Wales face strict local lockdown regulations, hundreds of people up and down the country who live alone have found themselves back at square one.
As well as travel restrictions, people living in areas governed by local lockdown restrictions can no-longer form extended households - meaning they can see nobody inside who they do not live with.
While these restrictions will be tough for many to cope with, for people living alone the struggle is undoubtedly much harder.
Many individuals living alone, and worried relatives of those in that position, have been calling on the government to rethink this rule - especially given the impending winter where meeting people outside will be increasingly difficult.
In Scotland last week First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that people living alone or with children under 18 - would be able to form a 'bubble' with another household.
Because of this, and the increasing struggle faced by people in Wales, there is a lot of hope that Mark Drakeford will announce similar regulations in his press conference on Friday, October 2.
Susette Beynon,57, has been running Tucks Cafe in Merthyr Tydfil for two years with her husband Carlton. She said that having to turn away elderly people who lived alone was "heartbreaking".
“It’s awful, so upsetting. Yesterday I had to turn away a 90-year-old and 87-year-old and explain to them that they wouldn’t be able to sit together as they don’t live in the same household," she said.
“It’s cruel, having to turn these people away - it breaks my heart thinking of them out in the cold somewhere as they can’t go inside together.
“I just worry for their mental health. A lot of our customers live by themselves so coming to the cafe with a friend once or twice a week is a huge part of their wellbeing."
In Wales, these rules only apply to people over the age of 11 - for example, grandparents can sit on the same table as a child so long as they are under 11.
“Legally you have to ask people, like yesterday some grandparents came in with their 14-year-old granddaughter and I had to turn them away. As she is 14 and doesn’t live with them she would have to sit on a table by herself.
“Had she been 11 that would have been fine.
“I just think for something people think is a small rule, the ramifications are terrible."
For Susette, she worries how this will affect the mental health of her customers and whether they will be too worried to return.
“I don’t know if they’ll ever come back to the cafe now. It breaks my heart having to turn away and knowing I can’t cater to these people because of the legislation," she said.
“I think it’s awful for anyone living by themselves but especially for elderly people who rely on social interaction like this.
“You can’t just turn a blind eye to the situation either because they will get fined and so will I.
“It doesn’t make me very proud to be welsh, I thought we were meant to be caring not ostracising people.
"I just think people should be aware of what these rules mean.”
Paula Bennett, 57, is from Caerphilly and has been shielding throughout lockdown due to her disability.
“It is really difficult, not being able to get out and not being able to see people," said Paula.
“My friend Janice, who is a community champion, does my shopping for me so I see her, but other than that I can’t really see anyone.
“I was due to be going away but that has been cancelled now. I was gutted, after the first lockdown I was really looking forward to it.
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Miss Bennett is diabetic and has very painful arthritis. She is also asthmatic. She said she had been out of work for two years because of her health issues and was also divorced.
“I’m used to not being able to see my family now but it’s still horrible, it’s heartbreaking.
“I didn’t used to go far anyway but it is just so lonely, I have my dog for company and see Janice in the garden sometimes.
“It is difficult but you just have to get on with it. I’m trying to stay positive and hope that things improve.”
Valerie James is an 89-year-old widow who lives alone in Seven Sisters near Neath . She used to chair the local old age pensioners group in the village but since lockdown this has come to a halt.
Before lockdown she was independent and drove, now she has only left her house once since March.
“It’s awkward for me, I have to rely on my family as I’m living on my own," she said.
“Not a soul has been in my house since the second week of March. I see family in the garden and they bring me my shopping there but I don't know how that will work in the winter now.
“It’s lonely in the house by yourself and I think it’s going to make people ill before long."
While Valerie - who has five children, 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchilden - has managed to see family over the summer, she worries the winter will change this.
“You’ve got nobody to talk to. For instance, yesterday the weather was awful - I didn’t see anybody.
“Coming up to winter now people aren’t going to be coming down and wanting to sit on the patio.
“It’s going to have to be different arrangements for the last lockdown, it can’t carry on like this. With the winter coming you can’t be seeing people outdoors."
Even when lockdowns began to loosen over the summer, Valerie has still chosen to isolate.
“Even when things started going back to normal it's not normal really so I thought what’s the point?
“I miss the church but you'd have to sit on your own and there would be no communion, there’s just no point.
“I’m very lucky, I’ve got a garden I can see people in. The days are long when there’s nobody to see."
Despite living through wars and various illnesses, she said this was the worst thing people of her generation had lived through.
“I’ve lived through a lot of things at my age but I’ve never lived through this. We’ve lived through wars, TB all the illnesses - but this is different, nobody knows how to get through this.