The MP for Watford says the move from Tier 2 to 3 is disappointing but necessary.
Dean Russell MP said he believed the move was necessary but acknowledged it is disappointing news for many, especially hospitality venues.
He said: “It is disappointing that both Watford and Three Rivers have been moved to Tier 3 but the Health Secretary was clear in that the numbers have been increasing rapidly so action was needed. I know that this will be tough, particularly for hospitality venues that rely on Christmas trade, and I will work tirelessly to ensure that these businesses are supported.
“I am in regular contact with the Department for Health & Social Care and Director of Public Health and will continue to push for additional testing support and vaccinations as early in the new year as possible.”