TUESDAY 23 March will be a year since the first COVID-19 lockdown.
A minute’s silence and a national doorstep vigil will form part of “a day of reflection” to mark the anniversary.
There will be a minute’s silence at midday to remember those who have died, with people encouraged to light up their doorsteps in the evening.
Buildings and other famous landmarks will also be lit up across Britain.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the first national stay-at-home order on 23 March 2020. Since then, there have been times of national restrictions, as well as times when there have been tiers and levels of different rules in all four UK nations.
We have come a long way in a year to fight the virus. Coronavirus vaccines have been developed from scratch, with around 25 million people in the UK having now received a first dose.
Mr Johnson said he would observe the minute’s silence at noon privately.
Other senior politicians have given their support to the event, with Labour leader
Sir Keir Starmer, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford all saying they would take part. Mr Johnson said: “This has been an incredibly difficult year for our country. My thoughts are with all those who have lost loved ones.
“As we continue to make progress against the virus, I want to thank people for the sacrifices they continue to make.”
The anniversary day will also see activities taking place in communities, such as virtual assemblies, choirs, services and yellow ribbons being wrapped around trees.
Although lockdown has been difficult for many, people have spoken about some of the positive effects, like parents being able to spend more time with their children.
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