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Coronavirus: Sources confirm the whole of Nottinghamshire, including Newark and Sherwood, will be in Tier 3 lockdown from Friday




The whole of Nottinghamshire, including Newark and Sherwood, is to move into covid-19 Tier 3 lockdown from Friday, sources confirm.

Tier 3 restrictions mean pubs that do not serve substantial meals have to close, no household mixing indoors or outdoors in hospitality venues or private gardens, the rule of six applies in outdoor public spaces, such as parks and guidance is in place against travelling in and out of the area.

It is understood barbers and hairdressers will be allowed to stay open but tanning salons and beauty salons will have to close.

An additional restriction is understood to be a ban on the sale of alcohol from off-licences and supermarkets after 9pm.

Newark town centre.
Newark town centre.

Neighbouring council areas of Nottingham, Broxtowe, Gedling and Rushcliffe were to move to Tier 3 - very high - covid-19 restrictions at one minute past midnight on Thursday following discussions between the government and relevant council leaders.

There was then a shift in thinking because infection rates in the areas not currently earmarked for Tier 3 continue to increase and people travel.

Those increases are particularly in the elderly and hospital admissions within Sherwood Forest Hospitals are said to be rising.

The lockdown period will be for an initial 28 days, and has been delayed by 24 hours as it was supposed to come in Thursday.

Coronavirus (42898158)
Coronavirus (42898158)

The county lockdown went before Parliament this afternoon.

Government Minister Chris Pincher is talking with district and borough council leaders, including Newark and Sherwood, today and now an agreement has been reached, the discussions have turned to the specific restrictions and the financial packages that will be made available.

Newark and Bingham MP Robert Jenrick, the secretary of state for housing, communities and local government, told the Advertiser earlier today further restrictions made sense so the virus could be brought back under control in time for a relaxation before Christmas.



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