Hertsmere has been taken off the Government’s COVID-19 watchlist after a fall in infection rates across the borough.
The borough was previously declared as an ‘area of concern’ on Monday, September 11, after a higher than average number of COVID cases.
However, in a statement from the Leader of Hertsmere Borough Council on Thursday, October 1, it was announced that the borough has been taken off the watchlist.
Councillor Morris Bright MBE, Leader of Hertsmere Borough Council, said: “This is really good news for our residents and businesses, and I cannot thank everyone enough for their efforts to stay safe and contain the virus.
“With our partners at Hertfordshire County Council, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue and Herts Police, we’ve worked tirelessly over the past few weeks to help get the message out to play your part to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
“As well as following up on contact tracing, we visited business premises, engaged with local community leaders and conducted weekends of activity where our staff and volunteers chatted to shoppers to encourage them to follow the rules and stay safe.
“Hertsmere is one of only two local authority areas in the UK to be taken off the list after just a few weeks, however we cannot be complacent.
“Please continue to wear a face covering; wash your hands regularly and for longer; follow the latest social distancing advice and self-isolate if you’ve been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
“Only by doing your bit and working together in this way can we keep infections in our borough to a minimum and enjoy the benefits of avoiding a local lockdown.”