And Sunderland, 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. 'Covid-19 not hitting everyone fairly'
From May 6 - there were concerns over people from poorer areas being hot twice as hard.
2. Shop around the clock
From June 16. There were early-morning queues as shops reopened.
3. Safety first for pubs and bars
From July 2, as hospitality prepared to reopen with restrictions in place.
4. Nightingale put on Covid alert
From October 13. A spike in cases put the North East's Nightingale Hospital on alert.