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Shop locally but look after each other

Last Modified April 12, 2021
As non-essential shops, leisure facilities, pub gardens, hairdressers, libraries and other community services re-open from today, in line with Government guidelines, we're calling on everyone to continue to do their part.

Residents are being asked to keep themselves, their families and friends and their communities safe by following the mantra of hands, face, space and fresh air. In addition, residents, who don’t have symptoms, should get a rapid test for coronavirus twice a week. From this week, rapid testing is available for everyone without symptoms.

One in three people with coronavirus show no symptoms and potentially are spreading the infection without knowing it. Twice weekly rapid testing enables local teams to find cases and prevent the spread of infection.

Jim McManus, Director of Public Health at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “Have fun, shop locally, support local businesses, but please be sensible, respectful and look out for one another. That way, we can keep Covid-19 case rates low and continue moving along the roadmap and towards the summer we’re all hoping for.

“Getting into the habit of twice-weekly testing as part of our everyday lives will help us all to play our part and do what we can to keep each other safe. By testing regularly and with the vaccination programme, we can continue to ease our way out of lockdown.”

Lesley Crisp, Principal Economic Development Officer at Hertsmere Borough Council said: “It’s wonderful to see businesses reopening again after so long unable to operate.

“We really want people to shop locally so they can support their high streets, however, this mustn’t come at the expense of people’s health.

“Please continue to do all you can to keep yourselves and your community safe. Wear a face covering; wash your hands or use hand sanitiser regularly; maintain social distancing and get tested twice-a-week.

“By taking these simple steps, we can, hopefully, continue to make our way out of lockdown and go back to something of a normal life.”

All retail, personal care, libraries, community services, most outdoor attractions, indoor leisure, including gyms, self-contained accommodation, all children’s activities and outdoor hospitality, can reopen from today under Step 2 of the Government’s roadmap.

The Civic Offices reception in Borehamwood is open from today for pre-booked appointments. Appointments can be made from 9.30am until 2pm by calling 020 8207 2277. For further updates and other information about our services go here.

A rapid test is available in the following ways:

• At a local rapid testing site, where residents can take a supervised test. There are testing sites across the county, visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/rapidtest to book

• Pick up test kits from selected sites – visit the national website for details

• Pick up tests from a number of pharmacies in the county, for an up to date list go to the national website

• School children will continue to be given kits through their schools during term-time and the holidays

• Your workplace may offer on-site testing or have kits for you to take home

• If you can’t get a test through any of these routes, you can order them online or by calling 119, and they will be delivered to your home.

A positive test with the rapid lateral flow test means the person will need to self-isolate for 10 days. Eligible individuals who test positive will be entitled to the £500 Test and Trace Support Payment in the same way as a regular swab test through NHS Test and Trace. Please note the government has laid down eligibility criteria. If you need help to do this, contact HertsHelp.

Rapid tests are for people without symptoms. If you do have symptoms, you should book a PCR test at a local testing centre.

Posted on Monday 12th April 2021

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