On behalf of Denbighshire County Council, the Chairman Cllr Meirick Lloyd Davies and the Leader, Cllr Hugh Evans are thanking residents for their efforts on the anniversary of the first UK-wide lockdown

Cllr Hugh Evans OBE, Leader of the Council, said: “It has been a very difficult 12 months since the first UK national lockdown was introduced and in the last year all areas of our society have been impacted.

“Many people have been affected by coronavirus and our thoughts and condolences go to those families who have lost loved ones.

“Denbighshire residents are to be commended for their huge effort to stop the spread of the virus by following regulations and guidelines.  Your sacrifices have helped reduce the impact in our communities and has helped save lives.

“I would also like to thank frontline workers who have been protecting and supporting residents, those involved in administering the vaccine, our public service partners who have been working closely with us to keep people safe, as well everyone who has worked throughout the pandemic providing essential services in Denbighshire.

“There have been a large number of volunteers who have come together in our communities during the pandemic to help our most vulnerable residents, with things such as shopping and prescription collection and they also deserve our thanks for their hard work.

“Throughout this period the Council has continued to work for our residents, providing services under difficult circumstances and this has included new ways of working and adapting.

“It has been a difficult time for children as well as parents, carers and staff at our schools. As pupils return to face-to-face learning it is important we continue to do all we can to ensure schools stay open. This includes following the regulations, which include not mixing outside of school or at the school gates when picking up or dropping off children.

“Lockdown has had a huge impact on businesses in Denbighshire and we have been working with the Welsh Government to ensure the available support reaches those that need it as quickly as possible. We will continue to ensure we are doing all we can to support businesses in Denbighshire as they start to re-open.

“The vaccine rollout has been a real success and is reducing transmission of the virus and we hope over the coming weeks and months we can see further lifting of restrictions. But in the meantime it’s vital we all continue to follow regulations to make sure transmission of the virus remains low to allow life to start returning to normal.”