As we continue to toil under the Covid-19 restrictions it’s difficult to see a return to “normal” and we realise that it’s likely that some things we took for granted will never be the same again.
So many of us are currently feeling a wee bit scunnered. But it’s important that we try to stay positive and keep a sense of perspective. We urge you to stick with it and do all that you can to beat this. We will get through this awful situation and, while it may take some time, we’ll recover as we have in the past.
This week marks the anniversary of the sinking of the MV Princess Victoria. After 68 years, the tragedy, still resonates, particularly in the towns of Stranraer and Larne. Unfortunately, we can’t pay tribute with memorial services but we can still take time to remember those who died or were affected by their loss. We can still admire the valiant efforts of the crew and their fellow seafarers, who risked and in some cases sacrificed their own lives to save others.
As the vaccination programme is rolled out, it’s vital that we don’t become complacent and that we remember that Covid-19 is still highly contagious and a threat to life. We must continue to do all that we can to minimise the transmission rate and not risk lives.
Please stay at home and avoid unnecessary travel. Use local shops or shop online as much as possible. Be aware of the need to protect elderly relatives and other people that are vulnerable.
For your own wellbeing, exercise if you can but stay socially distanced. Avoid crowded places but don’t travel further than you need.
Thank you for everything that you’ve done so far.
Please stay home, stop the spread, and save lives.