All of Hertfordshire moves into Covid Tier 3 – Very High Alert.
Statement from Cllr Chris White, Leader of St Albans City and District Council in response to Hertfordshire moving into Tier 3:
“The Government’s announcement today places the whole of Hertfordshire into Tier 3, the highest of the Covid-19 alert tiers, meaning we are on Very High Alert. For St Albans District this will apply from Saturday 19 December.
“Earlier in the week, when it was announced that three surrounding districts were to be placed into Tier 3, it seemed likely that it would only be a matter of time before this area would follow, not least because we all share the same local hospitals. While it is not surprising therefore, it is very concerning, both for local people and for those local businesses that will be adversely affected.
“In St Albans District we continue to work with our partner agencies on the pandemic response through the Hertfordshire Local Resilience Forum. The first local vaccination centre opened at Batchwood Hall earlier this week after lots of hard work. Our team is supporting the vaccination programme and other Covid work including isolation enforcement, track and trace and grant funding for businesses.
“Over the next hours and days the Council will need to make further changes to the way we deliver local services. The Council’s team is working through the specific changes that will be needed and making contact with those affected.
“To keep ourselves and each other safe, we all need to play our part and remember the basics: wash your hands; wear a face mask where appropriate; keep your distance; and self-isolate when that becomes necessary. If we all do this, we can bring the numbers down, and make sure the hospitals can continue to cope. With Christmas just around the corner, renewing all our efforts to help make Covid safety a top priority is plain common sense.”