We'll all be a bit rusty when ringing restarts – physically, but also mentally. Improvement will come with practice, but you can accelerate that improvement by doing some homework and practice at home beforehand:
On this page, practice using a ringing simulator is referring to using the simulator software on you home computer, not in the tower with a tied bell or dumbbell, although you might be able to do that when ringing resumes.
Improving your listening skills is definitely something you can do at home. Decoupling and practising the two foundation skills of listening and bell control will translate into better striking in the tower. There are some excellent resources available to help you:
Improving your listening skills seems to have been a popular webinar topic during lockdown. These YouTube videos talk you through some graded listening exercises, as well as how to use the Tadhill resources.
If you have bought one of the online ringing simulators, here's a series of short videos explaining how to use them to improve your listening and striking.
If you were at the foundation skills or early method ringing stage before the pandemic, then now might be a good time to revise some ringing theory. The more secure you are in the theory the more brain space you will have to fine-tune your bell control when you get back into the tower.
Other publications and online resources can be found by searching the Internet.
If you'd just started learning methods when ringing stopped, then you might need to take some time to remind yourself of them. Technology can help, letting you test your learning before ringing it, using either your smartphone or one of the ringing simulator software packages.
You'd think that ropesight could only be developed in the tower, however you can develop ropesight skills at home too. Here's how:
Bell control can only be learnt in the tower, however there are resources available to remind you of what good ringing looks like and the ways that it can go wrong.
There are also a number of YouTube videos explaining and demonstrating various aspects of ringing a bell.
For those of you missing ringing, a number of ringing societies have been organising and recording webinars on a wide range of ringing-related subjects. Why not have a look and see if there's something of interest?