Open letter to residents on Hertfordshire's Local Outbreak Plan

A message from those at the forefront of leading the county's response to Covid-19.

Local Outbreak Plan

Dear Resident,

We are writing to you about our COVID-19 Hertfordshire Local Outbreak Plan.

This plan is designed to help us prevent outbreaks of COVID-19 wherever possible and manage them where they do occur. You may have seen that other areas of the Country have had to impose local "lockdowns". We want to reassure you that we too have a plan for Hertfordshire. Our local plan builds on our existing health protection plans and puts in place measures to contain any potential COVID-19 outbreak within Hertfordshire and protect all of our health.

Although current lockdown restrictions are now being gradually lifted, COVID-19 is far from over and it is still circulating widely in our community. We need YOU to keep playing your part, to keep up preventive measures until we have finally stopped this virus circulating. You, our residents of Hertfordshire, have been inspiring in the way you rose to the challenge of COVID-19 by adhering to the key measures that would stop the spread of the virus: social distancing, regular hand washing, cleaning surfaces which could be contaminated, self-isolating if you had symptoms and more.

Without these preventative measures being carried out, many more people would have been infected and many more deaths would have happened.Thank you for everything you are doing. Thank you for saving lives. We now ask that you continue to do this vital work in order for our local outbreak plan to be effective. If you keep playing your part, we can all stay safe in Hertfordshire together. To read our Local Outbreak plan in full please visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/outbreakplan.

Yours sincerely,

Cllr David Williams, Leader of Hertfordshire County Council

Linda Haysey, Leader of East Herts Council, Chair of the Community Reassurance Cell of the Local Resilience Forum

Jim McManus, Director of Public Health for Hertfordshire