Roads like the A61 into Chesterfield were quiet as driver obeyed the essential travel only order during the first lockdown in March 2020.
Roads like the A61 into Chesterfield were quiet as driver obeyed the essential travel only order during the first lockdown in March 2020.

Looking back at Derbyshire's year of lockdown, mask-wearing and deserted high streets

Who would have thought that our lives could change so dramatically in a year? The Covid pandemic has caused heartache to the families of its victims, forced loved ones apart and had a devastating impact on retail and hospitality businesses. But it has also made us appreciate our frontline health and care workers more than ever

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 8:14 am

From home schooling to mask-wearing, social distancing to travel restrictions, the last 12 months have been unprecedented in our history.

The Covid pandemic has caused heartache to the families of its victims, forced loved ones apart and had a devastating impact on retail and hospitality businesses.

But it’s a year that has made us appreciate our frontline health and care workers more than ever. We turned out in our droves on Thursday nights to stand on our doorsteps and clap those who were putting their lives at risk to save others. Children put up their rainbow pictures in windows as a symbol of hope.

The pandemic has made us treasure our family, our freedom to roam and appreciate nature in all its glory.

We’ve learned to bake, spruced up our homes and gardens and mastered the art of Zoom calls with friends, family and workmates.

Here is a look back at a most extraordinary year….

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