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Looking ahead to a brighter future
The last year has undoubtedly been a hard one for us all.
As a community, we have suffered hardships and loss, and many individuals have suffered their own losses – whether through Covid-19 or not.
People have missed their loved ones’ funerals, weddings – when small ceremonies were allowed – and the births of friends’ and family members’ babies.
Education has been massively disrupted but all young people have suffered the same disruption and, together with their teachers, they can work towards a brighter future.
Things may not return to complete normality for some time, but the changes to restrictions announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon this week are a step in the right direction.
A year ago, many of us thought we might have to work from home for just a couple of weeks, or months at the very most.
Even those most in-the-know seem to have been surprised by the severity of the pandemic – Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on March 19 2020 that the UK could ‘turn the tide of coronavirus in 12 weeks’.
While it’s reassuring to have the new dates to look forward to, it’s important to remember that relaxation of the rules depends on declining rates of infection.
We have done so well, sticking to the rules for so long – let’s keep up the good work and see this through together.