Stay at home. Protect the NHS. Save Lives.
This bank holiday weekend will be like no other we have seen before.
We would usually see queues of cars attempting to escape to the beach - this weekend, let’s make sure there’s not.
I cannot stress enough how important it is that over the Easter weekend we stick to staying at home, unless for the essential reasons clearly stated by central government.
Despite hard hitting reports and the recent increase in deaths, there are unfortunately still a small minority of people finding excuses to go outside when it is not essential or necessary.
More than ever we all need to take responsibility. We don’t want to see people sunbathing on the beaches or having picnics in the park. We are at the centre of a global public health emergency. We all have to do our bit.
When the sun is shining, I know it is a huge ask for you to stay indoors. Especially if you have young children or if you are someone who doesn’t have a garden or lives in a flat. It’s going to be really tough, for some more than others, but be in no doubt that by staying at home, you are helping to lessen the impact on the NHS and saving lives.
We all know that this situation is likely to continue beyond the three week review by central government on Monday. Remember that these measures are only temporary – we will get through this and we must hold onto this thought. We need to be resilient and stick to the rules to overcome these challenging times – if we go out now, it will be a waste all the effort that we have put in so far.
I want to take a moment to thank what is being described as our ‘home army’. Many of you may be feeling displaced, and having to find new ways of working, away from the office, or even taking on entirely different jobs. Being based at home brings many challenges, from juggling work and family, to managing your own mental wellbeing, in isolation.
There is no one who is untouched by this disease whether that is personally or professionally. It is true that Covid19 does not discriminate and affects people from all walks of life but we must remember that there are many inequalities in life and the impact is not the same for everyone, so please remember to show compassion and look out for one another.
Tonight I look forward to standing at my front door to clap for our incredible key workers. I’m in awe of what you do. You are as scared as the rest of us and yet continue to put yourself and even your families on the line each and every day that you go out to protect our community. I cannot say thank you enough. You are doing a fantastic job and I hope many will join me tonight to applaud you for your incredible hard work.
Above all, please stay home, stay safe and stay well.
Posted on Thursday 9th April 2020