Moray MP Douglas Ross has offered a Christmas Eve ‘thank you’ to all those that have worked throughout the Covid-19 pandemic to keep the public safe.
Mr Ross said that NHS staff, carers, emergency workers, posties, delivery drivers, volunteers and everyone else who kept services moving during the crisis deserve praise.
Moray was shut down along with the rest of the country for five months at the height of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Restrictions on day-to-day life have remained in place since the lockdown was initially lifted in August.
Now, with the first vaccinations happening across the country and a major programme due to run well into the Spring, Mr Ross said there were “grounds for optimism” moving into 2021.
Scottish Conservative MP for Moray Douglas Ross said:
“2020 has been an extremely difficult and challenging year that many of us will be happy to see the back of.
“We had no idea that the Coronavirus pandemic would hit – and that it would claim so many lives and cause such devastation to the global economy.
“With the arrival of the first vaccine, there are grounds for optimism ahead in 2021.
“And as we prepare to celebrate Christmas, I want to take time to thank everybody who kept crucial services running throughout the crisis.
“That of course includes our dedicated teams in the NHS, carers, emergency service workers, council staff, supermarket workers, posties and all the volunteers who stepped up to help. Our farmers kept food on the table, local shops were more important than even and our teachers pulled out all the stops to help pupils who saw their education badly disrupted.
“Of course this list only scratches the surface of those who have all helped us through this most difficult of years. The lockdown months were extremely hard, but communities across Moray pulled together.
“Our military personnel based in Kinloss also did their bit, helping with vital Covid-19 testing in different parts of the UK and their colleagues at RAF Lossiemouth have been protecting us at home and abroad.
“Everyone in Moray made sacrifices during this crisis, but I think we all owe a debt of gratitude for those that kept the country moving when things were at their worst.