Posted: Monday 20th April 2020
As we all anticipated, last week the Government announced that the current coronavirus restrictions are to be extended for another three weeks.
While this extension was expected, it does not make the impact of these restrictions on our lives any easier.
Once again, I would to thank each and every one of you for the strength and resilience that you have shown. I understand that this is not an easy situation, and like myself, many of you are worried, anxious and even frustrated.
Now is not the time to become complacent. More than ever we must all continue to follow the restrictions that the Government has put in place to protect us all.
I do not underestimate how difficult life has been for everyone over the last month and I know that another three weeks feels like an enormous challenge. We cannot forget why these measures are in place; more than 16,000 people have tragically died in the UK as a result of coronavirus. We owe it to those we have lost and their families to do the right thing and try and prevent the loss of even more loved ones to this horrible virus.
By staying at home and only going out for the reasons outlined by the Government, you are helping to stop the spread of the virus, protect the NHS and save lives. You are contributing to the heroic effort being displayed up and down country by individuals, neighbourhoods and communities.
When times are tough, I urge you to remember that we are all making a difference and we must persevere.
All I ask is for your support during this time of crisis. It is only by working together and supporting one another that we will get through this.