Leader, June 5 2020

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Rules relaxed but lockdown not over

It was probably inevitable that people would head to parks and outdoor spaces as soon as such activities were permitted, but it is important to remember that although the rules have been relaxed, lockdown is not over yet.

Please continue to adhere to the rules while enjoying a little bit more freedom to ensure that all the good which has come from our hardships over the last couple of months is not undone.

It is interesting that as we experience one world crisis, we remember another – it was 80 years ago this week that almost 100 men from Kintyre were in the midst of battle at St Valéry.

While they are not entirely comparable, one can’t help but think that there are similarities between the hardships suffered by people on the front line of both world wars and global pandemics, as well as those left at home.

Although the enemy was more obvious and visible in 1940 than it is today, we are still fighting. While we may have won the first wave of assault in the war with COVID-19, the battle is not over.