Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Keep up to date with the latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) information. 

23rd March 2020

Coronavirus: Thanks from MP and call to follow the distancing rules

I would like to thank all constituents for all they are doing to help the elderly and vulnerable through this difficult period with COVID-19.  The number of volunteers has been wonderful and the Hertfordshire County Council Resilience Forum is co-ordinating well.  We are all thinking of family and those we love at this difficult time.  I would also like to thank our NHS and caring services and those in the public sector who are doing so much at personal sacrifice. We are grateful to them all and to supermarket and stores’ staff, doing so much in the current crisis.

The most important thing at present is for all of us to follow government guidance and particularly the distancing rules, so that we keep more than 2m apart.  Many people are following this but we do need everyone to comply.  It is not that hard, but I do hear from constituents that some people are not yet doing it.  The government may have to take tougher measures still if all of us cannot follow the rules.

I wish all constituents well and to keep safe over the coming weeks.

Rt Hon Sir Oliver Heald QC MP

Member of Parliament for North East Hertfordshire


We will all be thinking of family and loved ones as the virus causes widespread illness and raises issues for our caring services. The Government advice is available at the website and Hertfordshire County Council response at

I have already replied to many messages about particular concerns and am in touch with Ministers and officials in Government trying to resolve constituents’ problems.

The key to the response is to ensure that the vulnerable are protected and that the caring services can cope. I also welcome Government announcements to help business and look forward to further announcements to help individual workers and the self-employed.

Rt Hon Sir Oliver Heald QC MP

Member of Parliament for North East Hertfordshire


19th March 2020 

Below is a letter from the Chancellor regarding immediate economic support in response to COVID-19. You can find the rest of the letter under the 'Budget Letter from the Chancellor' attachment at the bottom of this page. You can also find a 'COVID-19 fact sheet' on how your business can be supported during the COVID-19 pandemic at the bottom of the page. 

Budget Letter from the Chancellor

19th March 2020

I have received the attached Dear Colleague Letter from the Secretary of State for Health & Social Care, Matt Hancock regarding the Coronavirus Bill. You can find this letter in the attachment section at the bottom of this page, under the heading 'Coronavirus Bill'. 



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Budget Letter from the Chancellor 127.69 KB
COVID-19 fact sheet 165.77 KB
Coronavirus Bill 58.57 KB