Please read on for official coronavirus UK guidance and resources for travelling safely to and within Watford. The health and safety of visitors, delegates and residents is of paramount importance to us all and we want to provide ongoing advice related to COVID-19 (coronavirus) and how it can affect your visit.
Last updated: 2 November 2020
In response to the current coronavirus outbreak, the UK government has advised against all ‘unnecessary travel’ and has asked public to stop ‘non-essential contact’ for four weeks from Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December 2020.
This means that all Watford attractions, restaurants, and businesses are temporarily closed and events and conferences are being postponed.
After the four weeks, the Government will seek to ease restrictions, going back into the tiered system on a local and a regional basis according to the latest data and trends.
Read the whole guidance: Stay up to date with the latest advice on the official government website.
- For travellers already in the UK and who need medical advice, use the 111 online coronavirus service to get further information.
- Please check directly with venues, businesses, and attractions for up to date information.
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** Visit Watford team are trying hard to ensure the website is up to date and we provide you with the latest information, however, due to the ever-changing nature of the current situation, this cannot be guaranteed. Please always check with venues directly.
How will coronavirus impact my travel to Watford?
In response to the current coronavirus outbreak, Watford attractions, restaurants and businesses will be temporarily closed and events and conferences are being postponed or canceled.
Businesses within the hospitality sector (restaurants, hotels, bars, pubs) might remain closed considering the safety of the staff/customers. Check directly with the venue or organiser for the latest information.
Conference organisers and delegates, please check directly with any venues for up to date information.
- Guidance on the additional measures has been made available on Gov.uk.
- For any changes to the public transport network from London to Watford please check the official ‘Transport for London’ website.
- Advice for tourism businesses is regularly updated by Visit Britain
- Stay up to date with the latest advice on the official government website.
What is now closed/ canceled?
Non-essential shops, leisure and entertainment venues will be closed. Click and collect services can continue and essential shops, including supermarkets, will remain open. Pubs, bars, restaurants must close, except for takeaway and delivery services.
The Prime Minister’s latest announcement:
- The public must stay at home from Thursday, only leaving home for specific reasons, including:
- For education
- For work, say if you cannot work from home
- For exercise and recreation outdoors, with your household or on your own with one person from another household
- For medical reasons, appointments and to escape injury or harm
- To shop for food and essentials
- To provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer.
- Workplaces should stay open where people can’t work from home – for example in the construction or manufacturing sectors.
- Single adult households can still form exclusive support bubbles with one other household, and children will still be able to move between homes if their parents are separated.
A press release on the PM’s statement on upcoming national restrictions in England has since been published which outlines some further details on restrictions applicable to tourism. The key points to note are:
- There is no exemption for staying away from home on holiday. This means people cannot travel internationally or within the UK, unless for work, education or other legally permitted exemptions. Overnight stays away from primary residences will not be allowed, except for specific exceptions including for work.
- Inbound international travel will continue to be governed by the travel corridor approach, and those currently on a domestic holiday will be allowed to finish their holidays, but are still subject to the requirements in England not to go out without a reasonable excuse.
- Guidance on prevention measures, which includes ensuring the washing of hands regularly, and covering your mouth/nose with tissues when coughing or sneezing, can be found at NHS.uk and more information can be found via the UK Government website.
- Visit the official UK government website for the latest information on the coronavirus outbreak and advice for travellers, or take a look at the frequently asked questions on coronavirus on the National Heath Service (NHS) website.