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Stevenage Borough Council Statement following the introduction of the Government three tier COVID-19 alert system

Yesterday, central government introduced a new system of local COVID-19 alerts, and Hertfordshire has been placed on ‘Tier One’ and classed as a medium risk area.

Hertfordshire has seen a significant increase in the number of positive cases of Coronavirus and there is a serious risk of the county being placed under further restrictions.

However, despite Stevenage having the lowest number of cases in Hertfordshire, we are starting to see a rise in infections across the town. This highlights the importance of all residents, local businesses and visitors following the guidelines to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus to keep everyone safe.

#StaySafeStevenage, is our local campaign which focuses on:

  • Self-isolating if you are asked to because you have symptoms or someone close to you is showing symptoms. If you fail to do this, you are putting lives at risk and there will be increased enforcement checks by the police. We are aware of instances of people playing sports or going to work when they should have been self-isolating and these have been linked to the spread of new cases.
  • Limiting the number of people you see from outside your home - otherwise you risk not being able to see those people most important to you at all.
  • Keep doing the basics. Treat everyone as if they are infected – wear face-coverings where it is expected and wash your hands regularly.

Cllr Sharon Taylor, Leader of Stevenage Borough Council said:

“We have a limited window of opportunity to stay in control of the spread of the virus within the town. The council will continue to work with our residents to help us make sure we can keep Stevenage safe together by following the guidance. Residents can find out more about the latest restrictions and guidance on the website."