Message from Peter Taylor Mayor of Watford - Nov 2020
Following the most recent announcement from the government regarding the 2nd national lockdown, Peter Taylor, Elected Mayor of Watford, released the following statement.
'Following the stricter measures announced over the weekend, we will be working with Hertfordshire County Council, the NHS, Public Health England and other partners to understand what they mean for Watford.
Covid-19 is once again striking at the heart of our community, posing a real risk to our more vulnerable residents and putting tremendous pressure on our health services.
We are all being called on to make the right decisions and take action to stop the spread of the virus. All the evidence we have about the pandemic shows the only way to drive down the numbers is to limit contact between households, self-isolate if you test positive or have come into contact with anyone who has tested positive, wash our hands, wear a mask where necessary and keep our distance.
This week, we will be entering a new phase of restrictions and we must follow the guidance to stop our health services becoming overwhelmed this winter and to save lives.
Like all of you, I fully understand how difficult this is going to be but the current data is pointing to the prospect of much higher infection rates and a greater number of deaths than we experienced earlier in the year. This is not what any of us want to see in Watford. People over 60 are particularly vulnerable and so, even if you are not in this category, what we are being asked to do will protect our parents, grandparents and great parents as well as our friends and work colleagues.
Over the last few months, I have been fortunate to have met many people who have stepped up to support our community through this tough time. From NHS staff, teachers and other key workers, groups providing food and much-needed help for those hit particularly hard by this pandemic to those keeping essential shops and services running, I know the one thing they ask is for everyone to do what is needed to stop Covid-19 spreading. This is the part we can all play to keep Watford safe – we can make a difference if we pull together as a community.'
The new ‘lockdown’ starts on 5 November and will last to 2 December. During this time we must all follow the national guidance including:
- Only leave our homes for specific reasons such as food shopping, medical appointments, education, outdoor exercise and for work if we cannot work from home
- Only mix indoors or in our gardens with people we live
- Only meet with one other person we don’t live with and this must be outdoors
- Being “especially careful’ if you are clinically vulnerable, although you won’t be asked to shield again
- If you in a single adult household, you can still form a support bubble with another household
All up to date information can be found at: www.watford.gov.uk/coronavirus