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Tighter coronavirus restrictions welcomed by public health officials and police as a means of ensuring the measures don't get even stricter

Organisations across the city and county have jointly welcomed the new coronavirus restrictions that have been set out by government.

The changes, which come into effect tomorrow, see a new system of local covid alert levels in which different parts of England will be placed into medium, high and very high alert levels.

Both Nottingham city and Nottinghamshire have been placed into the high level of risk category as infection rates continue to escalate.

Coronavirus (42666023)
Coronavirus (42666023)

Restrictions imposed will include no mixing with other households indoors.

The rule of six will still apply to those outdoors, where the risk of the virus spreading is deemed to be lower.

This will be kept under constant review, and in particular in areas where the levels are particularly high.

Jonathan Gribbin (42666025)
Jonathan Gribbin (42666025)

Businesses in the city and county will remain under the same restrictions that are already in place, which includes the 10pm curfew for pubs and bars.

Schools and education settings will also remain open across the whole of England, including in the city and county.

Regulations will be voted on today by MPs before coming into force tomorrow.

Jonathan Gribbin, director of Public Health for Nottinghamshire, said: “Positive covid-19 cases are increasing across the entire county in some areas the increase is steep.

Chief Constable Craig Guildford (42666027)
Chief Constable Craig Guildford (42666027)

"To slow the spread and prevent the need for stricter measures, we must only mix indoors within our own household (or support bubble) and we all have to observe the rules on hands, face, and space.

“If you get symptoms you need to isolate and take a test. And people need to keep on following the guidance to stay safe and protect lives.

"Key to this is making sure you stay two metres apart, wear masks where applicable and wash hands regularly. Hands, face, space. It could not be any clearer.

Police Commissioner Paddy Tipping, visiting Furniture Project to see how it helps offenders on Community Payback scheme. L-R Paddy Tipping talking to volunteers who were on the Community Payback scheme Rob Hallam and John Garrad.. (5160179)
Police Commissioner Paddy Tipping, visiting Furniture Project to see how it helps offenders on Community Payback scheme. L-R Paddy Tipping talking to volunteers who were on the Community Payback scheme Rob Hallam and John Garrad.. (5160179)

“Only by doing this can we turn the tide on these escalating numbers, prevent the vulnerable becoming ill, and stop the numbers of hospital admissions rising. This is a responsibility for every one of us.”

The government is expected to give further details over the coming days about what the new restrictions mean and any new laws that may need to be implemented as a result.

Its covid-19 app will show what local alert level applies to each area along with a postcode checker on the gov.uk website.

This will contain updated guidance what these levels mean, especially for those who are vulnerable.

The new restrictions are designed to curb the trajectory to save lives, protect the most vulnerable, reduce pressure on the NHS, and keep schools and businesses open as much as possible.

Alison Challenger, director of Public Health for Nottingham City Council, said: “I would urge everyone to play their part and follow these new restrictions. We have to do all we can to stop the spread of covid-19 and better protect older and more vulnerable people – as well as helping to reduce pressure on the NHS as we move into winter.

“I know the majority of people are following the correct behaviours and playing their part in keeping our communities safe – and I thank them for this.

“Tighter restrictions will not be easy for any of us. We have been living with covid-19 for eight months.

"Our lives have been restricted, we feel inconvenienced, and we all have worry and anxiety over our health and wellbeing. Some of us, sadly, may have lost loved ones to the virus.

“We have to keep going. We have to continue to work together by sticking to the rules and following these important rules and guidelines.”

Nottinghamshire Police Chief Constable Craig Guildford, chairman of the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Local Resilience Forum, added: “As a partnership we have worked tirelessly across both the city and county to meet the challenges presented by covid-19.

“We will continue to work together in ensuring people are heeding the advice, obeying the rules and helping each other. It is imperative that we all do this to keep this virus under control and to prevent unnecessary deaths. Where people continue to flout these rules we will not hesitate to fine people and take any other necessary action.

“As a police force we will be working with the Home Office and the National Police Chiefs’ Council to manage any further regulations should any be implemented.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping said: "There is no doubt that the coming weeks and months will prove a difficult and challenging time for individuals, families, businesses and whole communities as we all pull together to control the spread of this virus.

"We will continue our work with partners to support the public's efforts to drive down the rate of infection.Together, we will deliver a local response for local people and it is vital that decisions are made in consultation with the police.I know that police officers will continue to engage, explain, and encourage people to do the right thing before taking enforcement action.

"I think it's clear, by working together and respecting each other we will come through this unprecedented time."

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