The number of people going out in public has dropped in Hertfordshire since the coronavirus lockdown was announced, figures suggest.

According to Google’s Community Mobility Reports, the county has seen an 85 per cent drop in people visiting shops, while there has been a 73 per cent in reduction of people at transit stations, such as bus stops.

There has also been a 46 per cent drop in the amount of people visiting parks across the county, according to Google.

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Leader of Hertfordshire County Council, David Williams, said: “It is really positive to see Hertfordshire residents pulling together and doing their bit to help slow the spread of this virus by staying at home.

“This data shows that our county is playing its part nationally to help save lives and I would like to thank our residents for their support and ongoing patience during these unprecedented times and ask that you continue to please bear with us.”

Watford Observer:

The Google mobility stats for Hertfordshire. Photo: Google

During the coronavirus lockdown, people should only leave their homes to shop for essential items, get exercise once a day and travel for essential work.

Government guidance also says that those who do go out should only do so with members of their household and must stay two metres (6ft) away from other people at all times.

The county council says that despite the figures being “positive”, it is urging people to only leave their home for essential journeys and exercise and is reminding people to wash their hands regularly for at least 20 seconds using warm water and soap.

If you are caught flouting the government restrictions, you can be fined £60, reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days.