As we mark two years since the first Covid-19 lockdown, which has been designated a National Day of Reflection, Cllr Georgia Gould, Chair of London Councils, said:
“Two years on from the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are pausing to remember the millions of people who have lost loved ones and who have faced illness and hardship.
“We must also acknowledge the ongoing trauma caused by the pandemic. Londoners across the capital are struggling with poverty, isolation, poor physical and mental health - issues that either began or were exacerbated by the events of the past two years.
“I would like to thank all London borough and NHS staff, volunteers and other key workers for everything you have done and continue to do to care for and support our communities in challenging circumstances.
“It has been incredible to see London’s response to the pandemic, as communities pulled together to support one another and local government, health, emergency services and the voluntary sector worked to maintain critical services and even create new ones at short notice.
“As we look to the future, boroughs are determined to learn what we can from the events of the last two years to strengthen our communities and places.”