Matt Hancock announced today that parts of Hertfordshire will enter Level 3 restrictions from Wednesday.
Cases across the county rose steadily ahead of Christmas, with only two of the county’s ten boroughs seeing a drop in the latest data from Public Health England.
The government said it would look at each area based on the area’s infection rate, the number of cases in the area at the time, cases in over 60s, pressure on the local NHS.
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Ahead of the announcement, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said today that the boroughs of Broxbourne, Watford, Three Rivers and Hertsmere would enter Level 3 restrictions.
The towns of other boroughs in the county, East Hertfordshire, St Albans, Dacorum, Welwyn Hatfield, North Hertfordshire and Stevenage will all remain at level 2.
Boroughs that remain at level 2 will be allowed to keep their restaurants open, provided that safety instructions are followed, only members of the same household meeting inside.
Which cities are in which level 2 arrondissement?
East Hertfordshire contains the towns of Bishop’s Stortford, Hertford, Ware, Butingford and Sawbridgeworth and other surrounding villages and hamlets.
All will remain under the current Level 2 restrictions.
Indeed, East Hertfordshire has seen its cases drop slightly from the same rate seven days ago.
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St Albans The district contains the town of St Albans as well as the towns of Harpenden, Wheathampstead, London Colney, Chiswell Green and Bricket Wood. All will remain subject to the level 2 restrictions.
Cases increased last week from 103.7 per 100,000 to 130.7 for the week, through December 9.
But this is not enough to push the rounding into level 3 restrictions.
Welwyn Hatfield towns include Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield, Woolmer Green and Little Heath and the surrounding villages and hamlets.
Cases in Welwyn Hatfield also increased, from 101.6 to 126.8 per 100,000 in seven days through December 9.
As in St Albans, this is not a large enough increase to push the Borough into Level 3 restrictions.
Daci towns include Aldbury, Berkhamsted, Bovingdon, Bourne End, Chipperfield, Cow Roast, Dudswell, Flamstead, Flaunden, Frithsden, Great Gaddesden, Hemel Hempstead, Kings Langley, Little Gaddesden and Tring. All will remain under the level 2 restrictions.
The rate went from 103.4 per 100,000 to 164.1 per 100,000 in the week to December 9.
But the rounding should remain under the second level of restrictions.
North Hertfordshire towns like Baldock, Hitchin, Letchworth and Royston will all remain under Tier 2 restrictions due to the low number of cases in those areas.
There were 107.1 cases per 100,000 population in the 7 days leading up to December 9, up from 95.1 the week before.
However, the transmission of the coronavirus remains under control, which means that the borough and its cities will remain subject to level 2 restrictions.
Stevenage and its surrounding villages will remain subject to level 2 restrictions, after cases have arisen in this borough and town.
There were 107.0 cases per 100,000 in the seven days to December 9, down from 134.4 cases the week before.