COVID-19 cases continue to rise

Update from Mayor Peter Taylor

Last week I wrote to ask you all to act urgently in order to try and slow the spread of the virus in Watford. Unfortunately I have to report that there has been a further increase in case numbers over the last week, with our weekly rates consistently over 100 cases per 100,000. The rise in figures is not due to a sudden spike, but is a continuing increase as the virus spreads through the community across all age groups. Once again I must ask you to continue to keep up the good work on following guidance and restrictions. As a reminder the key things to do are:

  • Limit contact with other people
  • Follow the guidance on meeting with family and friends
  • Wash our hands regularly
  • Wear a face covering over both your mouth AND nose whenever required, unless medically exempt

Keep our distance from others It is also vital that if you have any of the following key symptoms that you get tested:

  • High temperature
  • A new, continuous cough
  • A loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste.

Our environmental health team have been doing lots of work to ensure that messages are clear and easy to understand across Watford. In addition enforcement officers have been working to help businesses remain COVID-secure. If you see a business that is not complying with the regulations please get in touch with them at 

Find out more about the COVID alert levels and the restrictions in place.