Share the love for where we live with our local businesses in Derbyshire
The Prime Minister’s much-trailed anouncement this week about the relaxation of lockdown rules from Monday is great news.
Whilst there are some who wanted the Government to go further and cast off all our covid shackles right now, the gradual easing of this unprecedented period of control feels right.
If it means we can’t all flock to foreign shores this year – potentially bringing back new infections and new variants of the virus – then so be it.
It is not the end of the world and certainly infinitely better than the alternative – and the prospect of being plunged into yet another cycle of lockdown and tougher sanctions.
For many of us, the last 18 months have been a nightmare that has seen us lose loved ones, jobs or impacted on people’s wellbeing and mental health.
The changes on Monday do not signal that covid has gone away – but the fantastic roll-out of the vaccination programme in Derbyshire by our amazing army of NHS workers and volunteers has given us the armour to at least live with the virus, not be overwhelmed by it.
For those that have been fortunate to keep their jobs in the pandemic, there have been some upsides.
Working from home has saved many of us precious time, cut pollution and left us with more money in our pockets.
Yes, the tea-bag bill at our house has definitely gone through the roof since our dining table started doubling up as my office desk.
But I’ve definitely saved money working from home and – as my better half would point out – when the pubs were shut.
So if we do have a little extra cash – especially if we can’t splash out on a big summer holiday in the sun – please think about spending some of it with our hard-pressed local businesses.
Derbyshire’s attractions, pubs and restaurants being able to open again properly from Monday counts for nothing if we don’t support them.