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Earlier today, the Government announced that Hertfordshire has been placed in Tier 2, the ‘high-risk’ category of their strengthened system of Local COVID-19 Alert Levels. This will become effective as of Wednesday 2nd December 2020.

The key new restrictions that we face being in Tier 2 are:

• No socialising with anyone outside your household or support bubble in any indoor setting

• Rule of 6 applies outdoors

• Pubs and bars must close unless operating as restaurants, with venues only able to sell alcohol with substantial meals

• Hospitality venues that remain open have to close at 11pm and call last orders at 10pm

The government have said they plan on reviewing the assigned tiers on a fortnightly basis. There is still a possibility that the alert level for Watford could be reduced if we really focus on limiting social contact with others and only going out when necessary.

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More details about the Tier 2 restrictions are set out in this poster on the Gov.UK website:

Mayor Peter Taylor says: ‘I am appealing to everyone in Watford to remain vigilant and follow the key advice from the government:

• Regularly wash your hands

• Cover your face when in public indoor spaces or where in close proximity to others

• Maintain a social distance of 2 metres where possible

• Isolate if asked to

• Get tested if you have any of the common symptoms: a high fever, a continuous dry cough, or loss of taste or smell.’