TODAY marks the 100th day since Boris Johnson announced that the country was going into lockdown and Herefordshire closed its pubs, schools, restaurants and a host of other venues and facilities.

Monday, March 23, will go down in history as the day England closed its doors to all but key services and facilities.

We look back at how our county responded:

Monday, March 23

Schools across Herefordshire shut their doors for all but the children of key workers.

Teachers started preparing work to be sent home for children to complete remotely.

READ MORE: Parents get 'strict timetables' ready as schools close today

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Thursday, March 26

The Hereford Times pledged its support for all the NHS workers who were fighting against the virus and helping to keep us safe.

We launched our Guardian Angels #ThankYouNHS fund.

It invited readers to contribute what they can to NHS Charities Together and its Covid-19 appeal.

This was later followed by a Hereford Times appeal to scrap university tuition fees for student nurses.

READ MORE: Hereford Times says: We are with you

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Saturday, March 28

Hereford shoppers stayed at home for the first weekend as non-essential shops were forced to close leaving the city centre deserted

READ MORE: 16 pictures as Hereford self isolates

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Saturday, March 28

Shoppers were adjusting to a new way of heading to the supermarkets with rules enforced over how many people could enter shops from each family.

The new rules caused some issues at the start of lockdown for staff members.

READ MORE: Home Bargains key workers abused by shoppers

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Sunday, March 28

Pictures of rainbows started to appear across the county as Herefordshire displayed a message of 'Thank You' to the key workers in the county.

READ MORE: Rainbows of hope across Herefordshire

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Monday, March 30

With country borders across the world closing due to the international crisis some Herefordshire residents were left stranded with no way of getting home.

Deana Mansers and Rhyso Harries were left stranded on the Cook Islands in the South Pacific following a month-long trip for their wedding and honeymoon.

READ MORE: Stranded on ‘safe’ island

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Thursday, April 2

The call went out to mobilise a volunteer army for the Herefordshire’s frontline fight against coronavirus

Herefordshire Council set up a response team to help those who most need support during the Covid-19 outbreak.

The council teamed up with community organisations and businesses to help connect people to support in their local area.

Within a week more than 800 residents offered to help with tasks including food and medicine deliveries across the county.

READ MORE: Herefordshire needs YOU to join coronavirus volunteer army

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Thursday, April 2

Herefordshire stood still to applaud at 8pm every Thursday night to applaud the NHS and key workers who were carrying out key roles during the pandemic.

READ MORE: Clap for carers: Herefordshire applauds NHS and key workers

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Saturday, April 25

As the death toll of people dying from Covid-19 continued to climb those that had survived the virus were telling their stories

READ MORE: Dawn tells of battle to survive Covid-19

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Sunday, April 26

Herefordshire volunteers answered the call to make scrubs and protective personal equipment for carers and hospital staff.

For the Love of Scrubs Herefordshire, were among those who were busy making scrub bags for wards across Herefordshire and beyond.

READ MORE: Your pictures: home-made scrubs for county’s carers

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Monday, April 27

A DRIVE-THROUGH coronavirus testing centre was set up in Hereford as part of the UK-wide drive to increase testing for critical workers.

The facility for key workers in Herefordshire was set up at the Merton Meadow car park in Hereford and saw long queues as people booked to get themselves tested.

READ MORE: Drive-through coronavirus testing centre set up in Hereford

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Friday, May 1

With hairdressers closed people were turning to alternative methods of cutting their hair while many raised money for charity in the process.

The Little Princess Trust (LPT) is invited people to turn home haircuts into cash, turning a bad hair day into a good deed.

READ MORE: How do your home haircuts compare with these?

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Friday, May 1

People were told not to travel to Hereford County Hospital to join in with the weekly 'Clap For Our Carers' event after a backlash on social media.

Crowds of people were pictured outside the hospital, with Trust staff joined by paramedics from West Midlands Ambulance Service, a convoy of recovery trucks and members of the wider public.

The request was answered in the weeks that followed with people showing their appreciation at home instead.

READ MORE: Hospital responds to social distancing concerns at Clap For Our Carers

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Saturday, May 9

Hereford and Leominster tips re-opened for essential use only causing queues of up to two hours as people were desperate to discard of their waste.

Social distancing measures were put in place with only a limited amount of people permitted to enter.

Garden centres and estate agents were also preparing to re-open their doors to customers.

READ MORE: Queue as tip re-opens after coronavirus closure

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Sunday, May 21

While most children remained off school some thrived in their new home schooling environment.

Sam Watkin, who suffers with learning difficulties, found a new love for fixing cars thanks to being off school during the current lockdown restrictions.

READ MORE: Sam dreams of restoring classic Volvo estate

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Wednesday, May 27

The death toll for people who had tested positive for Covid-19 in care homes and other settings not in hospitals was on the rise.

Up until May 19 there had been 42 deaths linked to Covid-19 in care homes in the county, official council data showed.

READ MORE: Death rate increases in county’s care homes

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Monday, June 8

Food outlets began opening a drive-thru service including McDonalds which resulted in lengthy queues on Belmont Road in Hereford as people were keen to get their first Big Mac in months.

Street markets also returned as the Government eased restrictions.

READ MORE: Queues as McDonald's Hereford drive-thru re-opens

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Thursday, June 4

Children in reception, year one and year six headed back into classrooms in Herefordshire for the first time since lockdown began.

Herefordshire Council left the decision on reopening to individual schools.

Safety measures in schools included a one-way systems on the school site, social distancing amongst pupils, which have been split up into smaller class sizes than usual, and regular hand washing.

READ MORE: Primary schools remain cautious as they reopen

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Wednesday, June 8

The Hereford Times celebrated the babies which were born during lockdown.

Babies born during lockdown in Herefordshire were a welcome ray of sunshine for families in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

But the restrictions were frustrating for parents, who were unable to show off their infants to friends and family in the usual way.

READ MORE: Your gallery of beautiful lockdown baby pictures

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Monday, June 15

Non-essential retailers were given the green light to reopen, with big names in Hereford among those to welcome shoppers again.

Dozens of people were queueing for Primark more than an hour before it reopened for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown started in March.

READ MORE: Huge queues at Primark as shoppers return to Hereford

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Monday, June 22

A Hereford bike shop was struggling to re-stock their supply of cycles following a surge in sales while people were isolating at home.

Coombes Cycles, in Widemarsh Street, closed their doors for eight weeks to help protect staff when lockdown restrictions were enforced at the end of March.

After re-opening the shop owner Mark Greenhill was inundated with requests for bikes from people who wanted to get out onto into the countryside on two wheels for exercise.

READ MORE: Bike shop suffer shortage of cycles amid lockdown boom

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Thursday, June 25

Herefordshire Council was considering ambitious temporary changes to town centres to create a safe environment for both walking and cycling.

The proposals could include reducing the speed limits to 20mph in Hereford city centre and the market towns.

Pubs, cafes, restaurants and hairdressers were also planning to re-open on July 4.

READ MORE: Big changes mooted for town centres in Herefordshire

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Thursday, June 25

A mother was asked to leave her seven-month old baby outside a post office branch due to social distancing measures inside the shop.

Mandy Jones attended the Tupsley Post Office and Stores in Old Eign Hill, Hereford, only to be told her baby named Liam, who was sleeping inside his pushchair, was not welcome inside the store.

Following the incident the post office reviewed its policy and an adult was allowed to bring a baby or child into the shop.

READ MORE: Mother was asked to leave her baby outside by Tupsley Post Office

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Saturday, June 27

PARKING charges were suspended temporarily in Herefordshire Council’s town and city car parks for a month.

Herefordshire Council offered free parking on street and in council car parks (with the exception of the Friar Street Military Club car park) from June 27 until July 24.

READ MORE: Free parking in council car parks

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