A statement from Hertsmere Borough Council’s Managing Director, Sajida Bijle, on today, the Covid national day of reflection.
“Today marks one year since the country, and the borough, first went into lockdown. It is a solemn milestone, after what for many has been a difficult and challenging year.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has threatened our mental and physical health and wellbeing, it’s put businesses at risk, it’s had a huge impact on the education of our young people and it has cruelly taken people from their families and loved ones and ahead of their time.
“As is often the case during a time of great trials, this year has also brought out the best in people. I particularly want to thank all the volunteers who have given up their time to support others in our communities, whether by keeping an eye out for their neighbours, working at vaccination centres, helping with home deliveries or being a friendly ear when someone is feeling down.
“I also want to thank the council’s staff for their efforts to maintain essential services and help keep our communities safe during this unprecedented time.
“In memory of all those who have lost their lives, we are flying the council’s flag at half-mast today and will be observing the national minute’s silence at midday. In addition, we’re planning to work with our partners to create a suitable memorial space in the borough, one where residents can go to reflect on the impact of this terrible pandemic.
“As the vaccination programme continues, we can begin to look to the future with more hope and optimism than before. However it all depends on everyone continuing to play their part. Please keep following the rules; get vaccinated and do all you can to stay safe and ensure others stay safe.”