With shops now open, and with today's news that pubs, restaurants, hotels and hairdressers can open from 4 July in England, I headed to Weymouth in the morning to meet some retailers and get a feel about how they were faring.
Before I begin, I am sure the whole House will join me in sending our deepest condolences to the families and friends of James Furlong, Joe Ritchie-Bennett and David Wails, who were brutally killed in Reading on Saturday.
The repercussions from the dreadful knife attack in a park in Reading continue to reverberate across the news outlets. A 25 year old man from Syria is in police custody. Three conference calls dominated my day. The first was with trade minister Graham Stuart and farm minister Victoria Prentis.
The horrific stabbing incident in Reading over the weekend has shocked many. Khairi Saadallah, 25, is accused of killing three people during a knife attack. He'd been released early from prison this month for minor, non-terrorist offences.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said that all pupils in all year groups in England will go back to school full-time in September. About time. Guidance on safety measures will be published in the next fortnight.
I felt great sadness when I heard the nation had lost a remarkable woman whose songs brought comfort to a nation battling for its very survival. Known as the Forces' Sweetheart, Dame Vera Lynn, who was 103, was best known for her wartime anthem We'll Meet Again.
Despite all the doom and gloom, the economic news today was encouraging. Inflation in the UK fell to its lowest level in four years last month, after a record drop in fuel prices and with the cost of clothing and energy continuing to tumble.