Watford Borough Council confirms business as usual under new Tier 4 restrictions with a few minor changes to service provision...
Parking – Enforcement in Controlled Parking Zones and council owned car parks is suspended but enforcement for yellow lines on main roads, bus routes, at junctions and outside schools (while they are open) remains in place.
Parks and playgrounds - All parks and playgrounds in Watford remain open to local residents for exercise, you can only visit outdoor public places with the people you live with, your support bubble, or 1 person from another household. Skate parks, tennis courts and outdoor gyms remain open and park cafes are operating a takeaway service.
Waste and recycling – all collections continue as normal with planned Christmas schedule changes. The council is asking members of the public to park appropriately and leave access for bin crews to get lorries into estates and down small roads. All local Household Waste Recycling Centres remain open until further notice.
Customer Services Centre – the council is continuing to encourage residents to use online and telephone services wherever possible, with face to face by appointment only.
Cemeteries, cremations and funerals - Public access to cemetery and crematorium grounds remains in place. Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people, and it is advised that only close friends and family attend. Linked ceremonial events such as stone settings and ash scatterings can also continue with up to 6 people in attendance. Social distancing should be maintained between people who do not live together or share a support bubble.
Religious services - You can attend places of worship for a service. However, you must not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble.
Other amenities - Watford Leisure Centres (along with all gyms and leisure and sports centres) and Watford Museum will be closed. Public toilets remain open until further notice. West Herts Golf Club remains open, but only two-balls from same or different households/bubbles.
Business grants and support – The council is encouraging local businesses to check whether they are eligible for a new government funding pots designed to help businesses impacted by COVID-19. This includes the Local Restrictions Support Grant, Additional Restrictions Grant and Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs.
Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor said: “Following the Government’s latest advice, we have been working hard to ensure that essential services will continue to be delivered for residents and communities throughout the borough, including supporting the most vulnerable. We would like to stress the importance that residents stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary. This is to stop the spread of Coronavirus and protect lives. We will continue to deliver these essential services and appreciate the support and patience we continue to receive from members of the public.”