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 COVID-19 guidance - Plan B

On Wednesday 8 December, the Prime Minister announced that England would enter 'Plan B' in the fight against coronavirus.

The use of face coverings is now mandatory in most public indoor spaces, at large venues and events, and on public transport. 

From Monday 13 December, you should work from home if you can.

From Wednesday 15 December you will need to show your NHS COVID Pass at nightclubs, some venues and large events to show you are fully vaccinated or present a negative test result (taken within the previous 48 hours).

Full guidance is available on the Gov.uk website.

Travel red list

If you have been in or through any of the countries listed on the travel 'red list' in the previous 10 days, you will only be allowed to enter the UK if you are a British or Irish National, or you have residence rights in the UK. There is still a requirement to quarantine for 10 days in a government approved hotel.

Full information on the travel red list and the requirement to quarantine can be found 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 also closed until early 2022. The Council will keep this under review.

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.

How long to stay at home

If you have symptoms, or have tested positive for COVID-19, you must stay at home and isolate for ten days.

If you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive or who has symptoms you are no longer required to self-isolate if you have received both of your COVID-19 vaccinations or are aged under 18. However, if you are a close contact of someone with the Omicron variant, you must self-isolate for ten days.

 

Last updated: 13 December 2021