Watford and Hertfordshire will enter the new Tier 4 from 00:01 on Sunday 20 Dec...
Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor said:
Today we have heard the unexpected news from the government that Watford, along with London and the south east, will enter the new Tier 4 restrictions from one minute after midnight tomorrow (20 December)
This would be difficult at any time but, with less than a week to go before Christmas, it is particularly hard news. Many of us had already made the tough decision not to see our family and friends but others were hoping, by complying with the government’s guidance, to meet up.
However, it is now clear that the new variant of the virus is causing a dramatic rise in those catching the virus and becoming seriously ill across Watford, Hertfordshire and the wider area.
So now we have to take even tougher steps to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our health services and so getting together for Christmas simply can’t happen this year for most of us. We cannot meet in Christmas bubbles, although support bubbles are still allowed.
We also know that all non-essential shops will need to close as well as gyms, leisure and sports centres and hairdressers and barbers and we can only meet one person from outside of our household in a public space. We must not travel beyond Tier 4 and should only leave our homes for specific reasons such as food shopping, medical appointments and exercise outdoors. At the moment, we believe these restrictions will be in place for two weeks.
This is another critical point for our community and, just as we have throughout 2020, we need to pull together and do what has to be done to stop the spread of the virus. If we don’t, sadly more people will become ill and some will die. The only way we can stop this is to follow the guidance, stay strong as a community and protect each other.
We know that vaccines are on the way and some in Watford have already received their first vaccine. This is great news but it means it is so important to not let our guard down now. I am looking forward to when we can meet together as a town when it is safe to do so.
For full guidance on Tier 4 visit www.watford.gov.uk
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