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Thank you to Surrey residents

Published: 22 December 2020

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A message to residents from Tim Oliver, Leader of Surrey County Council

Safe to say that 2020 was a year like no other. Challenging for everyone in different ways – restrictions on our freedoms, the loss of loved ones, fundamental changes to our normal way of life, lack of social contact.

But throughout these challenges, Surrey has come together. Our local communities have stood up and shown remarkable generosity and care for our neighbours and those less fortunate.

Thank you.

All agencies across Surrey have come together as the Local Resilience Forum to guide the county through – the county council, the police, health services, Surrey Fire & Rescue, the districts and boroughs, the voluntary, community and faith sector, universities and schools, and thousands and thousands of volunteers.

Surrey's Public Health team have shown remarkable leadership right from the moment we had the first UK contracted case in February, through to being identified as one of the national leaders ahead of the Test and Trace rollout, and now to that daily scrutiny of local data to ensure the right decisions are made for our communities here in Surrey.

We will continue that work this year, in 2021.

We are working closely with our partners across the NHS here in Surrey to roll out the COVID vaccine that will enable us to get back to a normal way of life later this year. That will be a massive undertaking but one that we will rise to the challenge of completing, together.

Let's stay vigilant over the coming weeks and months, to protect our health services as they continue to work tirelessly throughout the winter.

Remember, follow the guidance, wash your hands, wear a face covering and maintain social distancing.

If we do this, we can all look forward to a better year ahead.

Tim Oliver, Leader of Surrey County Council

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