We're working with local food businesses to reduce risk of coronavirus spread

Play Your Part campaign logo

Published 8 September 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is still circulating in Hertfordshire, with Dacorum seeing a recent increase in the number of new confirmed cases, particularly linked to young people and settings such as bars and cafes. If the rise in cases continues, restrictions may need to be introduced to protect residents.

This week our Environmental Health officers are contacting more than 460 food businesses and licensed premises in the borough to remind them of the requirements they must meet and the need to be particularly vigilant to prevent further spread of the infection. Officers from Trading Standards, Environmental Health and Public Health are now routinely visiting premises, without prior warning, to check that they are COVID-19 secure.

The vast majority of businesses are working really hard to ensure these measures are adhered to. Their continued efforts are essential in protecting people from becoming infected and reducing the number of people who need urgent medical care.

All event promoters and licensees submitting permit applications for events of more than 30 people are already required to submit COVID-19 risk assessments. We want to ensure that these events are safe, and the majority of event organisers have worked hard to ensure that this is the case.

Cllr Julie Banks, Portfolio Holder for Community and Regulatory Services, said: “Our local businesses are working hard to ensure the safety of staff and customers and I would like to thank them for their sustained efforts. We will continue to offer support and advice and, where necessary, take enforcement action against any operators who do not comply with the COVID secure guidelines, risking further transmission of the virus.”

  • Environmental Health Officers in Hemel Hempstead town centre

Warning signCoronavirus (COVID-19): We continue to provide services online and via telephone. However, we recognise that, in some cases, you will need an appointment with an officer so we offer limited pre-booked appointments at the Forum for urgent enquiries. You may experience longer waiting times or an online response due to increased demand on our services. Please call 01442 228000 and ask for the service you require. For council service updates and other advice, please see our COVID-19 page×