Public Health Chief urges Dacorum residents to follow government guidelines to avoid tougher measures

The Prime Minister made the announcement about the three tier status yesterday (Monday)

Tuesday, 13th October 2020, 11:23 am
Updated Tuesday, 13th October 2020, 11:24 am

Following the Prime Minister's announcement of the new three tier system, Hertfordshire County Council is urging residents in Dacorum's three key towns - Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted and Tring - and the wider county to act now to avoid moving to high-risk status.

In an effort to address the rising infection rates, the PM has introduced the three-tier system for local lockdowns, which means different parts of England have been placed into different categories.

Areas in England will now be labelled as medium, high or very high risk, depending on their infection rates, which will inform the “appropriate interventions” needed in each area.

Hertfordshire's director of Public Health, Jim McManus

Both Dacorum and Hertfordshire are have been ranked in the "medium" tier of the government's new three-tier system.

Areas that fall into “medium” tier have to continue to abide by the 10pm curfew for bars, pubs and restaurants, and gatherings of more than six people are banned, apart from some settings such as funerals and weddings.

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In a joint statement they said: “It has been announced that Hertfordshire, as a whole, has been placed as a medium-risk area in the government’s new system of Local COVID-19 Alert Levels.

“This means that Hertfordshire is currently rated in Tier One – the medium alert level.

"Despite this, we have seen a significant rise in positive cases of coronavirus in our county over the last 10 days and the situation here remains serious. There is no room for complacency.

“So we’re urging all of our residents to act now to avoid our county moving to high-risk status for which there will be stricter, tougher measures introduced.

“We are properly prepared, and have a detailed plan in place to deal with each scenario. But now is the time to redouble our efforts to keep the virus at bay.

"We understand that many of our residents have been playing their part by following the government guidelines, particularly on face-coverings, social-distancing, the ‘rule of six’, and self-isolation where necessary.

“Yet, we are appealing to everyone to be even more disciplined to help us control the spread of the virus. Unless we act now, it is likely that the rate of infection will continue to rise - and that could mean further restrictions.

“We want to keep you, the residents of Hertfordshire, safe while also keeping the county up-and-running to support our businesses and our economy, so we are calling on you to:

- Self-isolate if you are asked to. If you fail to do this, you are putting lives at risk and there will be increased enforcement checks by the police. We are aware of instances of people playing sports or going to work when they should have been self-isolating, and these have been linked to the spread of new cases.

- Limit the number of people you see from outside your home - otherwise you risk not being able to see those people most important to you at all.

- Keep doing the basics. Treat everyone as if they are infected – wear face-coverings where it is expected and wash your hands regularly.

“Everyone must take responsibility now to lower the risks involved in all of the things we do in our day-to-day lives. Unless we do that, coronavirus could get a stronger grip than it has now.

“We still have a limited window of opportunity to stay in control of the spread of the virus in Hertfordshire, rather than having stricter measures implemented.

"We urge all of our residents to help us make sure that is the case by following the guidance. If you keep playing your part, we can all stay safe in Hertfordshire together.”