Hertfordshire to move to Tier 2 - 'High' Alert Level from 2 December

Following the Prime Minister's announcement of the Covid Winter Plan, the Government has confirmed that from 2 December, Hertfordshire will be placed in Tier 2: High Alert of the revised three-tiered system of local restrictions.

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Under the new restrictions non-essential retail outlets, places of worship and leisure facilities will re-open across the county in line with government guidance.

The rule of six will apply in outdoor settings, and only a household and their support bubble will be able to mix indoors.

More information on the revised Tier 2 restrictions can be found on the government's website. Or view the Icon for pdf Tier 2 restriction poster [559.77KB]

David Williams, Leader of Hertfordshire County Council, said:

We understand that being in Tier 2 will bring concerns for many. These will include the restriction on socialising with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting, as well as the economic consequences, especially for our hospitality sector.


So now it is more important than ever that we re-double our efforts to ensure that the recent downward trend in our infection rates is sustained in order to secure a move to Tier 1 as soon as possible.

Cllr Tony Kingsbury Leader of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, said:

Now we know what Tier we will be moving into once the lockdown restrictions end, we will move ahead with implementing the plans we have been putting in place to keep our services running as far as is possible under the new regulations.  Please keep a close eye on our website and social media channels - Facebook, Twitter and Instagram - for updates on this.



Meanwhile I want to say thank you to everyone in Welwyn Hatfield.  For eight months now we have been doing our best to follow the guidance, which inevitably has changed frequently as the situation has evolved and we have learned more about the virus.  At times it has been tough, and for some much more so than others.  We all want to try and get back to a more normal way of life as quickly as we can - the best way of us all getting there is to keep our guard up, and to keep following the rules, however frustrating, and exhausting, that can be at times.


I have every faith that the people of Welwyn Hatfield, who have shown such tremendous resilience and willingness to adapt, will continue to make the whole borough proud.