Camden marks National Day of Reflection
One year on from the start of first UK-wide coronavirus lockdown, Camden is joining the rest of the country in a National Day of Reflection.
The council will observe a minute’s silence at 12noon and will light up its council offices at 5 Pancras Square at 8pm this evening. It will be part of London's skyline that will turn yellow - with landmarks including the London Eye, Trafalgar Square and Wembley Stadium lighting up at nightfall.
This week one year ago, the country shut down as a response to Covid-19. In this time many families have tragically lost loved ones, and others have spent months in intensive care or battled long Covid.
“The impact of COVID-19 has been felt across our entire borough. The virus has exposed the deep inequalities in our society where there are huge differences in access to healthcare, housing and other vital support. Many residents have suffered physically, financially and emotionally, and many more are still struggling. We reflect on the loss and difficulties today – and also give thanks for the incredible NHS staff, frontline workers, carers, community leaders, volunteers and every single resident who has made sacrifices to keep others safe.
“It will take time, compassion and hard work to move forward towards a brighter and more normal time – but the strength I have seen during this time makes me more sure than ever that when we work together we can achieve anything.
Today is a really poignant moment as we reflect both on the huge loss and hardship experienced since Covid-19 put us into lockdown for the first time, but also the remarkable acts of kindness and support residents and organisations have given to our communities over the last year.
“We will be holding a minute’s silence and lighting up our council building as a mark of respect to all those who have lost their life to Covid-19. Our hearts go out to all families who have lost loved ones in the past twelve months today.