I am sure that most of us are now well and truly fed up with coronavirus. The news this week of new restrictions is not easy to take. Chatting with residents, I hear every day about the impact this is having on people’s livelihoods and their wellbeing.

I am so proud of the way that Watford has come together over the past few months. We must carry on supporting and helping each other wherever we can. So many people are caring for others, making sacrifices, and following the advice from health experts. By wearing face coverings, keeping a distance from others and regularly washing our hands, we can all play our part in keeping Watford safe.

The latest statistics show that the number of cases in Watford is stable. I know that the council’s public health team is working around the clock to make sure we keep the virus at bay, and we are the first place in Hertfordshire to set up a local track and trace system.

In the midst of this difficult time, it is important to remember that we will get through this. In Watford, new charities and partnerships have already emerged. Many of us have had the chance to take stock and make sure that we focus on the things that really matter to us. I know that some people have welcomed new ways of working and have got to know their neighbours much better.

Thank you to everyone who is playing their part in Watford at the moment. Let’s keep going – doing what we can to stop this virus from spreading and caring for others in our town.

  • Peter Taylor is Elected Mayor of Watford