“We have seen our way of life change in ways that we could not have imagined as the COVID pandemic has taken its toll on the way we live and work – as well as on individual lives and those of families throughout our communities.
“While we are once again having to manage tighter restrictions and growing viral infection rates, we must also take hope that the advent of the vaccine offers promise for a happier and healthier 2021. For the time being though, it remains critical that we continue to abide by the rules for our respective areas and do all we can to look after ourselves, our loved ones and to keep Hampshire safe.
“As many look forward to a few days off over the festive period, albeit on a smaller scale than hoped for, I would also like to pay tribute to the many thousands of key workers – in social care, teaching, health, and many other professions - who have worked tirelessly since March to care for the vulnerable and those adversely affected by the virus, and keep our vital public services going. Your dedication, kindness and compassion have been truly inspirational – and a simple ‘thank you’ does not seem adequate for all that you have done.
“For now, however you are spending the holidays – on behalf of the County Council - my very best wishes for a peaceful, happy, and safe Christmas.”