The Government has announced that we are entering the recovery phase of the coronavirus pandemic. However, it remains just as important for us to continue with our efforts take to help prevent the spread of this virus.
We can now participate in unlimited amounts of outdoor exercise, sit in the sun at a local park, drive to other destinations and even play sports with members of our household.
It's a welcome relief to spend more time outside, some children may soon be able to go back to school and shops are set to reopen in June. However, increased freedom comes with increased risk and it's absolutely vital that we continue to take all the necessary precautions to keeping the 'R' rate of infection down and restricting the number of new cases.
We may have been through the initial peak but it is coming down the mountain that is often more dangerous. Make sure you wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, always keep a social distance of 2 metres away from anyone who is not from your household and self-isolate immediately if you experience a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a change or loss of your sense of taste or smell.
The efforts and sacrifices we have all made over the past 12 weeks have helped to stop the spread of coronavirus and ensured that the death rate and hospital admissions are coming down.
We have helped to protect our NHS and saved many thousands of lives. It would be madness to throw away that achievement now by allowing a second spike.
We must stay alert. We must continue to control the virus and save lives.