The Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor and the town’s MP, Dean Russell, have both released statements following the news that Hertfordshire will be in the Tier 2 restrictions after the second national lockdown finishes on December 2.
The new guidelines will allow gyms, hairdressers, shops and cinemas to reopen but people will still not be allowed to meet with different households in an indoor setting, such as at a pub.
The full details on what the local restrictions are in your area can be found at gov.uk/coronavirus
Mayor Peter Taylor said: “It has been announced that Hertfordshire and Watford has been placed as high-risk area in the government’s strengthened system of local COVID-19 Alert Levels, effective as of Wednesday, December 2.
“This means that Watford has been upgraded from the tier previously in before the lockdown. Despite seeing a plateau in the number of cases locally, the numbers are still higher than where we want them to be.
“But we have been making progress recently in ensuring the case numbers are not rising, so we must continue to do what we can to not go backwards.”
Dean Russell MP also released a statement shortly after the government released the new tier details.
He said: “These Tiers are designed to reduce transmission and keep the R rate below 1. So, if we all continue to follow the guidance, we could be placed into Tier 1 – allocations will be reviewed by December 16.
“As more of us will be heading out to do Christmas shopping and eat in restaurants, it is more important than ever that we wear face coverings when required, regularly wash our hands and maintain social distancing.
“2020 has been a tough year, but the news of a number of potential vaccines gives us reason for cautious hope that there is light at the end of this tunnel, and I would like to thank everybody that has had to make tough sacrifices already this year.“