As this challenging year draws to a close, our thoughts and prayers are with the families who have lost someone to Covid, while those of us lucky enough to be untouched by such tragedy, will hopefully be thinking of our own families with fondness and thanksgiving.
We owe so much to our NHS and care staff but also to all the key workers who have kept us safe, maintained food or energy supplies, kept us informed and connected, and kept our schools and other critical public services functioning.
With the start of the vaccination programme, we can see light at the end of the tunnel, but this winter will still be challenging, so let’s all continue to play our part by following the rules to keep each other safe.
Although it will be different for everyone this year, whatever your plans are, I wish you and your family a Peaceful Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.
To ensure we all minimise the risk of transmission and keep the virus suppressed, remember the FACTS for a safer Scotland:
Face coverings in enclosed spaces, such as shops and public transport
Avoid crowded places
Clean your hands regularly
Two metres physical distancing
Self-isolate and book a test if you have symptoms