Coronavirus (COVID-19) - advice, information and help

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

As the pandemic continues, the Council is working closely with Hertfordshire County Council, Public Health England and partners to respond to the situation.

Latest Government guidance - Living with Covid-19

The government is removing remaining domestic restrictions in England. There are still steps you can take to reduce the risk of catching and spreading Covid-19:

  • Get vaccinated
  • Let fresh air in if meeting indoors, or meet outside
  • Consider wearing a face covering in crowded, enclosed spaces
  • Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms, and stay at home if positive.

You will not be legally required to self-isolate if you test positive for COVID-19. Stay at home if you can and avoid contact with other people.

You will not have to take daily tests or be legally required to self-isolate following contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.

The Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme will end. If you were told to self-isolate before 24 February you can still make a claim up to 6 April.

Full guidance is available on the Gov.uk website.

International travel

You can view the latest guidance on international travel to and from England on the Gov.uk website.

How the Council is responding to the situation

The Council is monitoring the situation and can reassure residents and businesses that contingency plans are in place that set out how services will operate in the event of disruption to normal business. The Council will seek to continue to deliver day-to-day services although as the virus spreads throughout the community, reduced staffing levels may mean it is not possible to do so. 

The Council has a responsibility to protect the community (especially those who are vulnerable), protect staff and to maintain priority services. The Council has prioritised the following services and will redeploy staff as necessary:

  • domestic refuse collection
  • housing benefits advice service
  • environmental health emergencies
  • temporary accommodation (housing)
  • housing benefits payments
  • burials/cemetery services

Council facilities that are closed

To protect members of the public and staff, the Council offices are currently closed.

The Spotlight Theatre is set to reopen in March 2022. You can book tickets for a wide variety of shows through the new Spotlight website.

Protect yourself and others

There are simple actions we can all take to keep on protecting each other.

  • Wash hands - keep washing your hands regularly
  • Cover face - wear a face covering in enclosed spaces
  • Make space - stay at least a metre apart from those you do not know
  • Ventilate - when in enclosed spaces, open the windows to allow fresh air to circulate

What to do if you have symptoms

Book a test if you have one of the following symptoms: 

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

To book a test, visit Gov.uk.

 

Last updated: 2 March 2022