'It's been a battle for so many' - Bassetlaw Council chief reflects a year on from first Covid lockdown
Bassetlaw District Council leader Simon Greaves has hailed the way the district has pulled together during the pandemic as the UK marks a year since the first coronavirus lockdown.
Coun Greaves said the authority would continue to play its part in assisting those in need during the third and what is hoped will be the final lockdown.
He said: “On the anniversary of the country and the district first going into lockdown, we are taking time to remember those who have lost their lives to the pandemic and to think of their families and friends.
"It is a time to reflect about those who are dealing with the economic impacts of Covid, the businesses at risk as well as those struggling with mental and physical health and wellbeing issues.
"The last year has been a battle for so many people, but in a time of adversity, communities have pulled together, people have looked out for their neighbours, done shopping for others and volunteered at foodbanks and vaccination centres.
"I am grateful for the amazing work of our NHS and for all those on the frontline who have kept the Country going through lockdown.
"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.”
Today the council’s flag in Old Market Square flew at half-mast in memory of all those who have lost their lives and many took part in the nationwide minute’s silence.
This week Bassetlaw’s vaccination total hit more than 50,000 people, sparking further hope that lockdown will be eased in April.