AS the world finally says farewell to 2020, any optimism and enthusiasm about the New Year must be tempered with caution until the blight of Covid-19 is finally under control.
New Year’s Eve has been like no other, with most people locally heeding the pleas of police not to break the rules by mixing indoors, organising parties and taking part in large gatherings with others outside our own households.
But as December turns into January, now is not the time to let down our guard. We must continue to protect not just ourselves but all the wonderful NHS staff and key workers who have literally put their lives on the line during the pandemic.
Chief Supt Claire Armes said: “This year is one that has seen people make huge personal sacrifices. Key workers have put in incredible shifts and families have lost loved ones.
“We’re thankful to the overwhelming majority of people who have complied with the rules and public health advice this year. Let’s hope that continues.”