It is very fitting that we mark the day by offering our thanks to the Health
But it is also a time to thank everyone else who has got us here – care workers, delivery drivers, shop workers, police, fire service, volunteers, bus drivers, community workers, carers, the people who stayed at home, the people who self-isolated, people who missed seeing their families and friends – and of course, Northern Ireland Civil Service staff across all departments and agencies and arms’ length bodies who have ensured that essential services have been maintained in these very strange and challenging times.
The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged all of us in unprecedented ways – but it also unleashed a tide of kindness, helpfulness, caring and support within all sections of our society; and encouraged new innovative and inventive ways of communication, coping and working together.
2020 will be remembered as a challenging and daunting time, where many people suffered loss, grief, fear and pain - but also as a time of learning and caring and re-engaging. We offer our thanks to everyone who has helped us through the COVID-19 pandemic, and look forward to better times ahead.