The Leader of Hertsmere Borough Council has issued a statement following the announcement that England would enter lockdown for the third time.
On Monday, January 4 Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed the nation to announce the start of the third England-wide lockdown which is expected to last until mid-February at least.
Following this announcement councillor Morris Bright MBE, Leader of Hertsmere Borough Council, said: “The government’s announcement of an England-wide lockdown is putting enormous pressure and strain on our residents and businesses across Hertsmere after many months of challenges.
“We must continue for the foreseeable future to protect our loved ones and our communities by stopping the spread of this infection, mindful of the understanding that we now have about the highly transmissible variant.
“Please continue to follow the rules, think ‘hands, face, space’ and keep everyone safe as we look forward to tangible progress with the vaccination programmes. We have a responsibility to our tremendous front-line workers, to whom we owe a huge debt of gratitude, to follow the rules and help protect the NHS in the coming weeks.
“The council’s staff are maintaining our essential services and updates will be sent out promptly about any changes that we have to make. We are also continuing to administer the government’s various financial support packages to ensure businesses get the vital support that they need.
“Our staff, the vast majority of whom are able to work from home, remain contactable by phone and email during the council’s opening hours.
“Thank you all so very much for your support and the efforts you are making to keep everyone in our borough safe.”
Visit hertsmere.gov.uk/coronavirus for information about service changes and public health messages.