Leader's statement in advance of National Day of Reflection

On Tuesday 23 March, the council will be joining the rest of the UK in marking a year since the first national lockdown.

Published: Friday, 19th March 2021

Councillor Barry Wood, Leader of Cherwell District Council, said: "It is sobering to reflect on the year that has passed since we first went into lockdown. Few of us could have released how the pandemic would affect our daily lives. Nor did we anticipate the countless human tragedies it has wrought, with over 125,000 lives lost across the UK.
"Tuesday’s National Day of Reflection is a chance for all of us in the Cherwell area to join with our neighbours, colleagues and communities in remembering those who have lost their lives to COVID, and to offer our support to the bereaved.
"At Cherwell District Council we will be marking the minute’s silence at midday on 23 March, and the flag will be flown at half-mast at Bodicote House.
"I am full of admiration and gratitude for how local people have adapted their lives to follow the lockdown restrictions and public health guidance: every mask worn and every bit of careful social distancing has made a difference, as has the difficult discipline of staying at home and not meeting family and friends.
"The rollout of the vaccine is a tremendous achievement, with over 275,000 vaccines delivered to people across Oxfordshire to date. This is cause for continued hope for the future, as is the terrific neighbourly support shown towards the most vulnerable by volunteers and members of the community up and down the district."