w/c 21st June 2021
As England’s final easing of restrictions has been delayed until more young people will have been vaccinated on the 19th July, key workers continue to face immense professional challenges. In Southend-on-Sea, our community remains heavily reliant on key workers’ exceptional hard work and we couldn’t be more appreciative of their resilience, determination and unwavering commitment. From the inspiring carers who’ve compassionately looked after some of our most vulnerable residents to shop workers operating in stressful environments, the entire Southend BID team would like to thank those who have supported Southend-on-Sea throughout every stage of this unprecedented pandemic.
Over the course of the next few weeks, and beyond, we will continue to support Southend’s key workers in a multitude of ways – reflecting our town’s gratitude and appreciation. For example, Southend BID’s Street Rangers will persist in their efforts to protect our local shops and amenities, whilst collaborating with Essex Police on their ‘Closed for Crime’ initiative which will help to ensure that shop workers are supported against abuse in the workplace. Furthermore, our widespread COVID safety campaigns will continue to amplify vital messages surrounding the relevance of existing government restrictions. Whilst freedom is on the horizon, our diligence mustn’t diminish; every Southend-on-Sea resident and tourist alike will be encouraged to follow current guidelines, respecting those who are working tirelessly to protect our town.
We’ve all been in awe of Southend’s key workers since the very beginning of lockdown last year and this admiration has never wavered. I am honoured to reside in and support a town with residents who have shown, and continue to show, such strength during even the most challenging of situations. I would like to thank every individual who has contributed in some way to the wellbeing of our town and community over the past year; key workers are, without question, our very own heroes and they deserve every applause. At Southend BID we remain whole-heartedly committed to supporting key workers as they have us.
Meanwhile, we would like to announce our vegan market which will be taking place in Southend High Street on the 3rd and 4th of July; we hope that this event will bring Southend’s community together once again, celebrating local vendors, entrepreneurs and vegan enthusiasts in a safe, guideline-appropriate manner ahead of restrictions being lifted on the 19th July.
By celebrating enjoyable, safe events, respecting our honourable key workers and coming together in our efforts to protect Southend-on-Sea, we can positively work towards a restriction-free future.