We have been notified that some of our schools are closed today due to the weather conditions. Please check your school is open before leaving home today
As the number of cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK grows, the Council is working closely with Hertfordshire County Council, Public Health England and partners to respond to the situation.
From Wednesday 6 January, Broxbourne, along with the rest of England was placed under national lockdown measures.
You must stay at home, other than for legally permitted reasons such as:
Non-essential retail and close contact services, such as hairdressers and beauty salons, must close.
All hospitality venues, such as restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars must close but can continue to operate take-away or delivery services.
The wearing of face coverings in many indoor settings is mandatory unless you are exempt. Information on where this is applicable can be found on the use of face coverings page.
People should work from home if they can.
Leisure centres, gyms and swimming pools must close. Outdoor sports sessions cannot operate.
All schools and education settings are closed to pupils, other than those children of key workers or vulnerable children.
You can meet one person from another household or support bubble outdoors for exercise purposes only. You must not meet anyone indoors.
These are letters from the national NHS system and are being sent out to people aged 80 and over. If you’ve already had your first dose of the vaccine at either a local vaccination hub run by GPs or in a hospital, you can ignore this letter. The practice or hospital is responsible for arranging your appointment for your second jab.
If you haven’t had your first vaccination yet (and you are aged 80 or over), you can choose to book an appointment for yourself using the web address or phone number in the letter you have received. If you book in this way, your vaccination will take place at a venue called Robertson House, close to the centre of Stevenage. Alternatively, you can choose to have your vaccination in your local area instead. Your GP practice will contact you as soon as possible to offer you an appointment – you do not need to contact them.
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:
Following the government’s announcement and to protect the public and staff, the following Council facilities are closed to the public until further notice:
The Council will keep this under review as the government’s guidance changes.
Current advice is that those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) should take particular care to follow social distancing measures. This group of people includes those who, for example, are:
This is not an exhaustive list.
There are three simple actions we must all do to keep on protecting each other.
Book a test if you have one of the following symptoms:
To book a test, visit Gov.uk.
Guidance on how long you need to self-isolate for depending on different circumstances can be found on the NHS website.
If you work for the NHS or work in social care, the Council will provide you with free parking for the duration of the lockdown. You can register for your free pass by sending an email to parking control from your NHS email address. The email must contain your vehicle registration number. If you do not have an NHS email address, you can send us a letter from your employer as confirmation.
Our 2020 Christmas appeal has again supported so many families, but this year, during a pandemic, we excelled with the support from the community and local organisations.
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