Press statement Tier 2

Hertfordshire to Move into Tier 2

The government have announced that Hertfordshire will move into Tier 2: High Alert, in the Government's new system of Covid-19 Alert Levels. Communities 1st, in conjunction with Communities Help Hertfordshire partners, will continue to provide essential services to vulnerable members of the community as the county moves into this new stage.

Throughout the pandemic we have been helping people with their shopping, dog walking and prescription collection. We have also been matching volunteer ‘telephone befrienders’ with isolated members of the community.

During the Christmas period we will be going even further. ‘Festive window visits’ have been arranged, where volunteers will visit isolated members of the community for a chat or even a Christmas carol. We are also releasing a virtual Christmas advent calendar, to deliver some joy into homes this holiday season.

The CEO of Communities 1st, Stephen Craker, said:

“We will continue to provide support to vulnerable individuals in any way we can, as we move into the next stage of the Covid-19 response. Even with the vaccine on the horizon, it is crucial that we keep people as safe as possible.”  

As of December 2nd, people will not be allowed to mix with others outside their households indoors unless they are part of a support bubble. The rule of six will apply to outdoor settings. Non-essential retail outlets, leisure facilities and places of worship will re-open across the country. Hospitality outlets will be open until 11pm with table service. 

If you or someone you know requires assistance with essential services they can fill out a support request form. This will help us find out what sort of help you need and connect you with a volunteer in your community. 

If you need help completing this form, please contact Communities 1st on 020 8207 5115 or email

For more information on Tier 2 restrictions visit the government website.