And Hartlepool, like the rest of the country, has been in restrictions of one kind or another ever since.
Here are nine front-page stories summarising the unprecedented times we’ve lived through.
1. We must all play our part
From April 2 - residents were asked to all play their parts in obeying restrictions.
2. £7million help for businesses
From April 3. Coronavirus aid packages were paid out to 685 firms.
3. Keep calm and stay at home
From May 7. Ahead of the VE Day bank holiday weekend, there was an appeal to stay safe.
4. We're not out of the woods
From June 15. With lockdown measures easing, people were reminded to remain cautious.