This Tuesday (23 March) marks the first anniversary of the nationwide lockdown. It has been designated a national day for reflection and it gives us all a chance to look back on those we have lost, the many sacrifices we had to make, and the hardships that many of us have had to endure.
A time for reflection also provides us the opportunity to reflect of the hard work of keyworkers and volunteers across the region, many of whom continue to work on the frontline or provide their time for their communities.
As lockdown eases and the vaccination programme continues, we can allow ourselves the chance to think ahead. There is so much to look forward to, things that we once took for granted, meeting family and friends, going for a coffee, speaking to colleagues in person. No doubt there will be a spring in the step for many of us.
We can also look forward to the £450m Borderland Deal, a cross border, cross party initiative to promote five local authority areas and make them attractive to investors and visitors. Among the aims, an emphasis on green energy will bring new purpose to the site at Chapelcross; Stranraer will become a marine and leisure destination; and we look forward to investing in our towns.
News this week saw a slight increase in Covid-19 cases in the region largely due to social interactions so we should remain vigilant and to adhere to the guidelines.
There is still some work to be done before we open Dumfries and Galloway.
National Day of Reflection
Since the first lockdown began in 2020, hundreds of thousands of people have died. Too many lives have been cut short and millions have been bereaved. Behind the statistics and whatever the cause, every death has been devastating for the people left behind. Many have been unable to properly say goodbye to their loved ones, comfort or even hug each other.
As a nation, we need to acknowledge the millions in silent pain. So join us on 23 March, the first anniversary of the first UK lockdown, for a National Day of Reflection.
Let’s come together to reflect on our collective loss, support those who’ve been bereaved, and hope for a brighter future.
There are still tough times ahead, as the death toll continues to rise. So whatever your background, whatever your beliefs, and whatever you’ve been through, please join us for our first National Day of Reflection.
This annual day will give us all time to pause and think about this unprecedented loss we’re facing, and support each other through grief in the years to come.