In the years to come, we will revisit this coming month as the âCovid Christmasâ.
Whether we celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or just celebrated Diwali, it won’t have been with the number of friends and family we’re used to, nor with the same zest for life.
This festive period comes at the end of a difficult year. Covid-19 is an endemic disease in our community, which is easily caught, easily transmitted and continues to kill people every day.
As we emerge from the second national lockdown, I have a real concern that if we let our guard down before and during this festive period, there could be two important consequences. We can fall under the government’s five tests and then move on to a higher level of Covid restrictions, or the new year starts with another spike in cases. Either way, we must continue to take responsibility for restricting the transmission of this virus.
The containment has put city centers under enormous pressure. I know people value their local main street, but supporting local businesses takes action, not just words. Our local businesses are challenged by the scale and power of national and international online sellers, which is why Haringey Council launched our Live.Shop.Local campaign, to encourage residents to support their local stores. More details on haringey.gov.uk/live-shop-local
I know people are getting used to the convenience of shopping online. Many local businesses have increased their online presence and many more are offering gift cards. Thus, we are also launching a digital directory of our local businesses. Residents can now shop locally and safely from the comfort of their sofa. The directory is on haringeybusinessdirectory.co.uk
Finally, we must thank our heroes in the NHS, emergency services and key workers, who will work hard to protect us, and remember that the gift of giving is more than just a physical object; a conversation can go a long way for someone who is feeling lonely.
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Think about your neighbors, send them a card. Call them. Knock on their door for a socially distant conversation.
If you are going to celebrate Hanukkah or Christmas soon, I wish you good luck. Happy New Year’s Eve everyone, have a relaxing holiday and a Happy New Year (post Covid?).