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Face covering in Hertsmere

From Friday 24 July, face coverings must be worn in shops, supermarkets, shopping centres, train stations and other indoor locations across the borough in line with the latest regulations.

Under the new rules, face coverings that cover the nose and mouth need to be worn in the majority of enclosed public spaces. This could be a disposable or reusable mask-type covering, or a scarf or other suitable fabric that fits securely around the side of the face.

People are also being strongly encouraged to wear a face covering in other enclosed public spaces where social distancing may be difficult and where they might come into contact with people they do not normally meet.

The best available scientific evidence states that when used correctly, wearing a face covering may reduce the spread of coronavirus droplets in certain circumstances, helping to protect others.

As well as shops and supermarkets, face coverings must be worn in banks, building societies and post offices. It will also be compulsory to wear a face covering when buying food and drink to take away from cafes and shops. People who have bought food or drink from a premises where it is possible to sit down will be able to remove their face covering in order to eat and drink on site.

Face coverings are also needed in NHS settings, including hospitals and GP surgeries.

Wearing a face covering will not be made mandatory in other venues that have measures in place to protect staff and the public such as eat-in restaurants and pubs, hairdressers, gyms and leisure centres, and cinemas, concert halls and theatres.

Children under the age of 11 and those with disabilities or certain health conditions, such as respiratory or cognitive impairments, will also not be required to wear a face covering. A full list of those exempt can be found on

Businesses are encouraged to take reasonable steps to encourage customers to follow the law, including through signs and providing other information in store.

Anyone who does not follow the regulations – and is not exempt under one of the categories set out in the regulations – could face a fine by the police of up to £100.

Leader of Hertsmere Borough Council, Cllr Morris Bright MBE, commented: “It’s vital to that we all continue to play our part in protecting our communities here in Hertsmere and look after those who are most vulnerable.

“Please wear a face covering to help to protect yourself, your family, your community and NHS services.  Be prepared by carrying a face covering with you and using it carefully when it is needed.

“Remember that face coverings are not an alternative to social distancing, good hand washing and good hygiene.  Taken together, these are the most important and effective measures that we can all take to prevent the spread of coronavirus.”

The symptoms of COVID-19 are a new, continuous cough, a temperature, or losing your sense of taste or smell.  You can book a test either by using this website –  or by calling 119 if you don’t have access to the internet.

More information about the new rules on face coverings can be found here:

Reminder -prohibited items on trees

Aldenham Parish Council welcomes all visitors to its open spaces, especially for exercise whilst indoor gyms are closed. However, please desist from wrapping or attaching anything to the trees which are a living object and could be damaged by such actions.

There are many metal structures in the areas that can be used for this purpose.

Fit, Fed and Read

Herts Sports Partnership

Have plans for the kids this summer?

We are doing our very best to deliver HSP’s award winning Fit, Fed & Read programme this summer and are open for registrations now! Rest assured we are following Government guidelines to ensure the safety of all participants.

Our programme will run from Monday 27 July to Thursday 20 August, 10am to 2pm. Four days a week, four hours a day, for four weeks.

Entry criteria:

• Aged 8-11
• Eligible for free school meals