Reflecting on a year of Covid-19

7:15pm - 19 March 2021

On Tuesday 23 March the country will mark the anniversary of the start of the first lockdown with a day of reflection, and North Somerset Council is calling on residents to pause for a moment’s thought of the year gone by.

The pandemic has been challenging for everyone and there will be a minute’s silence at noon to give everyone time to reflect. People are also encouraged to light up their doorsteps at 8pm. 

The day comes after North Somerset’s evening of remembrance on Sunday 14 March, which marked a year since the area’s first resident lost their life to Covid-19. 

North Somerset Council’s Executive member for health, Cllr Mike Bell, said: “The nature of this pandemic, and the impact of the restrictions we’ve had to live under for the last year, has been different for each of us. 

“We’ve had to adapt to keep ourselves, our family and our friends as safe as possible, and we’ve had to live with the anxiety of this deadly virus circulating in our community. 

“Being able to take this time to reflect on the changes we’ve all been through this year and on how we’ve pulled together to look after each other makes me grateful for our communities that have supported each other. 

“I want to thank every person who has stayed home, everyone who has worn a mask, and everyone who has kept their distance. Even when it has been hard. 

“With our older residents now better protected from the more serious consequences of the virus as the vaccine rollout continues, we can start to see better days ahead." 

Director of Public Health, Matt Lenny, said: “I also want to thank everyone who has followed the guidelines and done all they can to stop the spread of Covid-19 in North Somerset. 

“The impact of the last year on physical and mental health cannot be underestimated and we are looking forward to being able to get back to doing the things we love, surrounded by our friends and family. 

“But we must take it slowly, one step at a time. If we rush back, we will be risking more lives. 

“Follow the government guidelines set out in the road map, resist the urge to skip ahead, and keep being kind to each other.” 

As well as the minute’s silence and the opportunity to light a candle or shine a light in the evening, charity Marie Curie has more ways to get involved in the day of reflection on its website 

On Sunday 14 March, individuals and communities lit up their windows to remember everyone locally who lost their lives during the last 12 months, and the council placed 334 candles on the steps of the town hall – one for each North Somerset resident who lost their life to coronavirus this year.