Reflecting on one year since the first national lockdown

Tuesday 23 March marks one year since we were asked to stay home to stay safe and protect our NHS as the Coronavirus (Covid 19) pandemic swept across the globe.

Since then we have experienced three national lockdowns and other restrictions to our daily lives with many of us sadly having lost loved ones before their time. There have been new challenges and many may have had to ask for help for the first time. 

James Whiteman, Managing Director of the Council says:

"It has been a very tough year and as we now look to our recovery with the successful national vaccination programme and the government's road map to recovery, we wanted to say another heart felt thank you to you all for continuing to play your part in following the guidance to protect our NHS and vulnerable communities.  

"There is light at the end of the tunnel and we can begin to look towards a brighter future. We are still all in this together and we will come through this together. 

He adds: "There are many national initiatives taking place today. We will be joining the country with a minute's silence at 12noon. You can also show your support this evening at 8pm for the 'beacon of remembrance' by standing on our doorsteps shining a light into the sky.

"We have posted a special commemorative post on our Facebook page at where you can leave a comment if you'd like to. Not everyone uses social media of course so please do email us or post one to Guildford Borough Council, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford, Surrey GU2 4BB. We will collect these and add them to our Museum's Covid Collection." 

Please get in touch if you need help. We are here to support all of our residents and businesses. Please visit our website for information

Please also visit the Healthy Surrey website for more information and resources on all the health and wellbeing services across the county including mental wellbeing and Covid-related support. You don't need a referral for most of them and can book an appointment yourself today.

Published Tuesday 23 March