Neighbouring Luton is set to enter Tier 2 this weekend following a sharp rise in coronavirus cases.
According to Luton Council, there has been a “hugely worrying” trend of cases among the over 60s group in the Bedfordshire area.
In the seven days up to October 25, the infection rate was 165.7 per 100,000 people, meaning its residents will wake up to tighter restrictions tomorrow (Saturday, October 31) in an effort to curb the spike.
Hertfordshire remains in Tier One – the ‘medium’ alert level – despite North Hertfordshire being the only borough currently under the Tier 2 ‘threshold’ of 100 cases per 100,000.
In Tier 2, stricter measures are in place. These include no socialising with people indoors unless they’re part of your support bubble or carers, and the ‘rule of six’ being applied outside.
Pubs and restaurants, meanwhile, are still ordered to close by 10pm.
Here in Herts, Hitchin, Stevenage, Harpenden, St Albans, Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield and Hemel Hempstead are all approximately ten miles away from Luton.
You can hover over or click on each area of the map below to see how the infection rates in the boroughs closest to Luton compare:
The figures have been calculated by the PA news agency and are based on Public Health England data published on October 29 on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.
Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, remains the worst-affected area in the county with an infection rate of 173.7 as 169 positive tests were confirmed in the week leading up to October 25.
Hertsmere and Watford also remain in the top three areas with the highest infection rates in the county, recording 156.3 and 148.1 respectively.