Why Leeds cannot throw away hard work done during lockdown - the YEP says

Our city’s parks have been a lifeline to so many of us over the last year.

Thursday, 1st April 2021, 6:00 am
Picking up litter at Woodhouse Moor yesterday.

These green havens have been our saving grace for our daily dose of exercise or just the chance to stretch our legs and forget about the strains of the last 12 months.

So it is with great sadness that our city is left picking up pieces of litter strewn across Woodhouse Moor after people flocked to the park as Covid rules were relaxed.

Many of you have also told us of your disgust at the fact so much rubbish was left in the park, as the huge clean-up operation got under way yesterday morning.

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Our parks have been so vital to us all and they should be treated with respect.

We all must play our part to not only keep our green spaces litter free, but also to protect one another despite the easing of lockdown restrictions.

The latest data indicates that virus numbers across the city stand at 116 per 100,000, up 16 per cent in the last week.

The positivity rate is now at 4.5 per cent.

More than 319,000 people have also been given their first dose of the vaccine, with 93 per cent of over 50s in Leeds having have had a jab.

However, this weekend will also mark the first when clinically extremely vulnerable people are no longer advised to shield.

More than 71,000 people in Leeds have been advised to shield at some point over the past year and around 90 per cent of them have received their first dose of the vaccine.

We’ve still got so far to go in the battle against Covid as we continue to slowly edge our way towards greater freedoms – and Bank Holiday weekend is just on the horizon.

We’ve seen such an incredible collective effort taking place across Leeds over the last year, so let’s not throw it away at this point.

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