Suddenly, how we choose to live together over the coming days is more important than finding somewhere to live apart.
Here are three properties with potential to inspire - or distract - us all from these darkening times.
My first choice is the very pretty St Edmunds church, above and below, in the East Yorkshire coastal village of Fraisthorpe.
The property, one of the Church of England's current disposals, comes with permissions already in place to turn the Grade II listed church into a two-bedroom house.
And the guide price of offers over £100k is attractive for a detached property in this location (though you'll want to check there no plans to build on that field in front of you).
On the market through Dee Atkinson & Harrison, details and more pictures here and here.
Another church next - this time in the North Yorkshire National Park village of Chopgate.
Again, it comes with planning permission in place to turn it into a two-bedroom home, however this time there are restrictions - holiday accommodation only, you can't do it up to live there (is it just me who finds it bizarre that the body charged with protecting the national park stops people actually living there but is happy for any number of people to visit?).
Also, if someone could tell me why there's a canoe in the chapel, I'd be grateful?
Hopefully it's not a flood warning...
Regardless of the limitations, it is a very pretty chapel in a very lovely part of northern Yorkshire.
On the market through Roseberry Newhouse with a guide price of £80k. (Sketchy) details and more pictures here and here.
And finally, I love this little cottage in the Cairngorms. Lovely shape, nice big garden space, and it already has planning permission to replace that dodgy side extension.
And I can see why the agent didn't take pictures of the view from the from the front:
But none-the-less a really sweet, three-bedroom house with potential, and in a lovely bit of our world.
On the market through Masson Cairns at £149,950. Details and more pictures here and here.