"Let’s not undo the work we’ve put in so far"
A police officer is urging people not to undo the good work so far during lockdown and risk family or friends’ lives.
PC Amii Stewart, a neighbourhood officer covering North Shields, has been sharing her life on the frontline during the pandemic with her diary as part of the #BeatCovidNE campaign.
The 29-year-old works with communities to help keep them safe and Covid transmissions down – which is currently a big part of her job.
Amii said: “I returned to work this week and it’s been busy.
"Getting back into the swing of things and seeing my colleagues again has been great after staying at home for so long.
"Taking a break is important, and I loved spending time with my fiancée and grandad, but I love my job and it feels good to be back.
“As well as my day-to-day responsibilities as a Neighbourhood PC I’ve been assisting the Covid task force.
"The task force operates during overtime responding to Covid incidents within the local area.
"I’d like to thank the public for supporting us in protecting our local communities. Your vigilance helps to ensure everyone is following lockdown rules.
“The majority of Covid breaches we attend can be resolved by engaging with the public. This is a testament to the work everyone is doing. However, when we do take action, this is always to ensure the safety of the wider community.
“This week we have taken advantage of the warmer weather with walks along the coast with the family dog Bumble, a King Charles Spaniel, who has thoroughly enjoyed herself! It has really lifted our spirits too.
“I can’t believe a year on we have a lockdown roadmap. When I watched the Prime Minister’s announcement I couldn’t help but feel cautiously excited.
"I honestly thought that this year was going to be a write-off. While the roadmap’s dates may change, due to the data, just knowing there are steps in place to ease ourselves out of lockdown is reassuring.
“I turn 30 in September and I can’t help feeling excited about the prospect of being able to celebrate with family and friends. My fiancée and I are also hoping that if all goes well we can still get married this year. It feels like we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.
“ hope having dates and steps to work towards will help motivate everyone to play their part in easing ourselves out of lockdown.
"With each step, we need to take responsibility for our actions to ensure we can keep moving forward and learn to live with Covid.
“We’ve already lost so many loved ones. Let’s not undo the work we’ve put in so far to risk the lives of our families and friends who we want to see again in June.”
For more information on the latest Covid-19 figures both nationally and locally, national information on lockdown, Covid stories, tips and advice, and previous diary entries by PC Amii Stewart visit https://www.beatcovidne.co.uk/