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: 6 April 2020

Key Information:

Government announces further measures on social distancing : Entertainment and hospitality premises to close temporarily and people urged to only travel if absolutely essential.

Find the latest information on the official UK government website.

For travellers already in the UK and who need medical advice, use the 111 online coronavirus service to get further information.

Message from the Elected Mayor of Watford:

Peter Taylor, the Elected Mayor of Watford, said: “I know that this is a concerning and unprecedented time for many in our town, but by working together and supporting each other we will get through this”.

For further Coronavirus updates and advice on how to support the vulnerable in Watford community, or to read the full message from Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, visit the official Watford Borough Council website.

The government has announced that the UK has moved into the “delay” phase and has changed advice for the public. The situation is fast-moving. Watford Borough Council is working closely with partners to respond to the national situation.

How will coronavirus impact my travel to Watford?

In response to the current coronavirus outbreak, the UK government has advised against all ‘unnecessary travel’ and has asked the public to stop ‘non-essential contact’ for around 12 weeks from 16 March.

This means that Watford attractions, restaurants and businesses are temporarily closed and events and conferences are being postponed.

Businesses within the hospitality sector (restaurants, hotels, bars, pubs) will 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.

For any changes to the public transport network from London to Watford please check the official ‘Transport for London’ website.

Stay up to date with the latest advice on the official government website.

Updates for Businesses

In addition to the government schemes, over the last week several new funding programmes have been announced to support organisations and businesses involved in culture, heritage and sport that are experiencing financial difficulties due to COVID-19. More information on how to apply for these funds will become available over the coming weeks:

Heritage Emergency Fund

Arts Council England (ACE) Emergency Funding Package

Sport England 

  • Further resources

    • 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.

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A few words from Visit Watford during Coronavirus

During these testing times, we all need to stay active and make compromises. We know that the reason you usually come to our channels is for a dose of inspiration and ideas on the very best ways to organise your visit or spend your free time across Watford.

Making a trip out of the house to explore over the coming weeks is not recommended by the government and we want you to stay safe and protect your loved ones. However, here at Visit Watford we are still committed to sharing with you everything that’s great about our town.

Thus, you may see some changes to the content we’ll be posting; with more of a focus on supporting our community, sharing a few things to look forward to, and providing a little distraction during times where you may be stuck indoors.

We’ll be championing Watford’s independent businesses, keeping you up to date with great stories from our community and continuing to share incredible photos from across the area which we hope will put a smile on your face – visit our social media channels for more.

Got ideas of content you’d like to see from us? Nominate your neighbour or friend as a local hero, if you think they deserve a special mention – we’d love to hear your story! Get in touch at marketing@visitwatford.com or share it on social media & tag us/ use the hashtag #watfordlocalhero.

Stay safe,
Visit Watford team