IT’S been difficult to find the right words for this week’s column as it seems so much of life has changed in the past two weeks and none of us know what to expect next.
After the Prime Minister’s announcement advocating ‘social distancing’ on Monday evening, we made the decision to close our office and the LymeOnline team has been working remotely from separate houses to bring you this week’s edition.
In these uncertain times we recognise more than ever the importance of keeping residents informed, so we’ve done our best to stay on top of this constantly changing situation, and we launched a special ‘Coronavirus: Live Updates’ page on our website with all the latest developments.
It’s not all been easy to report; we pride ourselves on being part of the Lyme Regis community so to see much-loved events cancelled and facilities such as our theatre and museum close their doors has been worrying and upsetting.
But through this turbulent and uncertain week, it’s acts of kindness that have shone through and kept everyone going. And that’s why we’ve chosen to concentrate largely on the community effort to help those most in need.
A few concerned comments made by kind-hearted residents on social media has developed into a full co-ordinated response to ensure the elderly and vulnerable are cared for during the pandemic. Volunteers have now been identified in almost every street to keep an eye on their neighbours.
Local businesses too are getting on board, many launching delivery services to ensure they can still reach their customers in isolation.
It’s a scary time for all of us; the biggest disruption to everyday life during peacetime and something most of us have never known the likes of.
But the Lyme Regis community will always pull together when needed – there is always someone to check up on you or to simply pick up the phone and say “hello”, so don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Even when we’re standing two metres apart, really we are all in it together.