What does Lockdown mean?

A command to remain in your current location

A lockdown is a directive from authorities that requires people to stay where they are, usually in their homes. It’s a measure taken to keep people safe, like in 2020 when the world had to go into lockdown to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Lockdowns can be issued for a number of reasons, such as when there’s a threat of violence nearby or when a contagious disease is spreading. In 2020, lockdowns became a hot topic because of COVID-19 and the civil unrest over racial issues.

While many complied with the lockdown restrictions, it was a difficult time for many others, particularly in the U.S. People turned to social media to voice their frustrations about the perceived excessiveness of the lockdowns and the government’s power to enforce them. Some even suspected that the lockdown was part of a larger plot to increase surveillance.

Despite the challenges, some people tried to see the positive side of the lockdown. They used the time to improve their homes, spend more time with loved ones, read books, connect with friends online, and even build complex Rube Goldberg machines.

Other terms that came into use during this time include social distancing, which means keeping a safe distance from others to avoid spreading the virus; quaranfifteen, a term for the weight gain some experienced while in quarantine; and quaranteam, a term for the group of people you chose to isolate with during the lockdown.

Example for using ‘Lockdown’ in a conversation

Hey, have you heard about the new lockdown?

Yeah, I just got the news. We have to stay at home again.

I know, it’s so frustrating. But I guess it’s for our safety.

Definitely. Let’s make the most of this time and find new hobbies.