On this National Day of Reflection, marking one year from the first lockdown, Ruth Maguire MSP joined colleagues across the Scottish Parliament, in a one-minute silence, at 12 noon, on 23 March, to remember and grieve for everyone who has died during the pandemic, and to show support for families, friends and colleagues who have lost a loved one. 

Commenting on a year from the first lockdown, Ruth Maguire said: 

“Looking back a year to the first lockdown, I don’t think any of us fully anticipated what was to come. 

“It has been a long tough year and my condolences go to everyone who has lost a loved one along the way. 

“Our NHS has been pushed to its limits and our key workers have faced the worst of this pandemic day in day out, there are no words that can thank them enough. 

“Thanks to everyone who has followed the guidance every day, at great personal cost, the outlook for the future is promising. As positive cases are slowly coming down and the pace of vaccination increases, there is finally light at the end of the tunnel. 

“Unfortunately, this pandemic has highlighted deep-rooted inequalities that exist in our society and as we emerge into a post pandemic world, we must ensure that no one is left behind. 

If anything, this pandemic has shown us is that great change is possible.”