West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs hospitals in St Albans, Hemel Hempstead and Watford, has cancelled all non-urgent appointments until further notice, and is asking people not to visit.
St Albans businesses are key to keeping a healthy food supply chain locally, according to the city’s hospitality and retail association – which is calling for further government support to ensure the maintenance of the local economy.
Hertfordshire Catering Limited (HCL), the supplier of school meals to 430 schools in the county, has said current staff availability means it can continue to offer meals next week to children of key workers, vulnerable children and those who qualify for free school meals.
St Albans businesses are urging people to use the local market, shops and hospitality businesses, while also being mindful of social distancing and government guidelines or from the comfort from their own couch.
St Albans councillors, the BID (Business Improvement District) and MP Daisy Cooper are out in force to support small businesses, as many in the city will be on the verge of closure by the end of the week.
A number of district, borough, county and city councillors in Hertfordshire have expressed their support for Keir Starmer in the Labour leadership race by signing a letter in favour of the Holborn and St Pancras MP.