The COVID crisis one year on - Hambleton reflects
Today marks the one-year anniversary of the first Covid lockdown with the nation coming together to reflect.
On 23 March 2020, the Prime Minister placed the country into the first COVID-19 lockdown with people told to work from home, businesses instructed to temporarily close their doors and restrictions on movement put in place.
One year on, we have faced an unprecedented challenge as a country and as a district with families, individuals and businesses all affected.
A National Day of Reflection, to mark the first lockdown anniversary is being organised by the charity Marie Curie, with people asked to observe a minute’s silence at midday, and to shine a light on their doorsteps at 8pm.
Alongside the minute's silence and doorstep vigil, the day will also see community-led activities take place across the UK, such as virtual assemblies, choirs, services and yellow ribbons being wrapped around trees.
Leader of Hambleton District Council, Councillor Mark Robson said: “First and foremost I’d like to offer my heartfelt condolences to everyone who has lost someone they love to COVID-19.
“The last 12 months have been difficult to say the least, for so many, in so many ways, and I know how much sadness, grief and worry this crisis has caused across our district.
“I think it’s important, one year on that we take the time to reflect and remember and of course to look forward to a brighter future as we continue to work hard to get through this crisis together.