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Crisis should have been handled better

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I would like to have my say on the Covid-19 crisis and why things weren’t handled correctly from the start, which is why people are so uptight and frustrated.

As shoppers, we were told to wear masks in supermarkets but then, further down the line, staff decided not to wear them. Some do, some don’t – why the contradiction?

And why do most people not wear a mask when out in the street, where germs cab be more rife?

Parents should also have more control over their children, with teenagers and the like continuing to gather in the streets at night, despite all the pubs and clubs being shut.

A lot of them have been rioting in some places (albeit not here), causing considerable damage in the process. There’s no justification for this bad behaviour at all.

How do they think we older folk feel being cooped up for months on end, especially those poor, old souls who have to live alone and don’t have any pets for comfort?

Why was it necessary for all shops to close when masks have to be worn anyway? Surely libraries could have been allowed to remain open. This would have given children and older people something to occupy their time.

The only thing this is achieving is driving shops to close permanently. Places all over the country are looking like ghost towns.

If the Government had stopped people flying in and out of the country, then the virus would not have spread so badly.

Shezette Ashen


We are grateful for ongoing support

March 23 marked the anniversary of the first Covid-19 lockdown and your readers will be very aware of the huge and continuing efforts to tackle the pandemic by our colleagues in the NHS, our St John Ambulance volunteers and many other organisations nationwide.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all these groups in Suffolk for their ongoing work to keep us safe and help us move carefully into the post-Covid period – whether they are working in vaccination centres, training vaccinators, working in hospitals, crewing ambulances or providing a wide range of other vital services in their communities.

We should all also take some time to remember those who lost their lives over the past 12 months.

Another date we will soon be marking is St John’s Day on June 24. Traditionally, our volunteers and staff have used this as an opportunity to reflect on the work of our charity around the country and take part in an annual service of rededication in the magnificent surroundings of St Paul’s Cathedral. This year, coronavirus will once again make this impossible.

Last year, we observed St John’s Day in a variety of new and different ways because of the pandemic, and one of the most visible events was the lighting up in green of more than 40 buildings and landmarks around the country.

We are hoping that many more buildings will light up in green in 2021 and, if you are a building owner or custodian and would like to get involved in this year’s event, we’d love to hear from you.

Readers who wish to help us with a donation can also take part in our new ‘Spring into Action’ campaign and support our volunteers as they continue to step forward to give vital support to those in need across the country. To find out more, please visit www.sja.org.uk/spring.

St John Ambulance is immensely grateful for the support it has received from everyone in these difficult times.

Laura Wallace

St John Priory Group (Suffolk)

More focus needed on glass recycling

Together we can get our recycling right – that was the message in an advert that appeared in last week’s Suffolk Free Press.

In a perfect society that’s true, but it should be remembered that not everyone has easy access to a local glass bank.

Some supermarkets make provision on their premises, but isn’t it time that it became compulsory for retailers selling products in glass containers to provide a means of disposal for the empties and hopefully help reduce the fly-tipping that is ruining our countryside?

R Johnson

Long Melford

Things were starting to get a little hairy

I was delighted to receive a call from my hairdresser with an appointment to sort out my unruly mop of hair. I am sure most of the female population will feel the same.

Remember, they have had no income for four months – all while paying expenses on their premises.

Let’s try to be generous on our return, give a good tip, if you can afford it. I’m sure it will be appreciated.

Lyn Gray

Cross Street