The Elected Mayor of Watford and the Leaders of Hertsmere Borough Council and Three Rivers District Council have issued a statement on the COVID-19 situation, as cases continue to rise.
Councillor Morris Bright MBE, Leader of Three Rivers District Council Sarah Nelmes and Elected Mayor, Peter Taylor have urged everyone in Hertsmere, Three Rivers and Watford to pull together to tackle the threat posed by COVID-19 cases and to do what is necessary to prevent further restrictions and possible lockdown.
“We are entering a critical phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. Across all of our areas more and more people are testing positive with the virus. We are also seeing the impact of these increasing infection rates on Watford General Hospital as people from our communities are falling seriously ill and are needing hospital care.
“We know that this virus has already taken the lives of many loved ones in Hertsmere, Three Rivers and Watford and we must act now to keep our communities safe, reduce the strain on our precious local health services and prevent the need for further restrictions in our areas. These restrictions would limit people being able to see friends and family and put another major pressure on our local businesses just when they are doing all they can to keep going and protect people’s jobs and livelihoods.
“We have a small window to make a difference. COVID-19 continues to pose a big risk to ourselves and those we come into contact with, especially the most vulnerable in our communities. We must do all that we can to protect people and help keep the numbers under control.”
They are advising residents to limit contact with people, follow the guidance on meeting friends and family, wash hands regularly and to where a face covering whenever required.