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Newark and Sherwood District Council leader says no one can be complacent as Nottinghamshire is placed in high risk category by government

Nottinghamshire had further covid-19 restrictions imposed from yesterday, after the government announced the county of Nottinghamshire has been placed in a 'high' level of risk category.

The changes form part of a new system of local covid-19 alert levels set out by the government, in which different parts of England will be placed into 'medium', 'high' and 'very high' alert levels.

Weekly rate of new Covid-19 cases. Graphic: PA (42701049)
Weekly rate of new Covid-19 cases. Graphic: PA (42701049)

Restrictions imposed include not mixing with other households indoors unless you have formed a support bubble with them.

This includes private homes and any other indoor venues such as pubs and restaurants. The rule of six will still apply to those outdoors, where the risk of the virus spreading is deemed to be lower.

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

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

Mr David Lloyd
Mr David Lloyd

David Lloyd, leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: "No one can be complacent and being so is a threat to people’s lives.

"We will be working with partners to ensure these new local regulations are being followed and enforcement action will be taken if people do not comply with the new rules.

"I know the restrictions are inconvenient, I know they are not easy for anyone but we cannot lose any more loved ones to this virus. With winter approaching this is a critical point in controlling the spread of the virus and reducing the pressure on our NHS."

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

Schools and education settings will also remain open across the whole of England.

The government 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 on what these levels mean, especially for those who are vulnerable.

This comes as the numbers of positive cases across Nottinghamshire continue to escalate. Numbers

for Newark and Sherwood are currently at 231 cases per 100,000.

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

Councillor David Lloyd, Leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: “We are facing a critical point in controlling the spread of the virus as we near winter so we must all follow these new restrictions and prevent unnecessary deaths. We must act now.”

Residents continue to be urged to self-isolate immediately if they develop symptoms of the virus, including a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss/change to the sense of smell or taste.

A free test can be booked by calling 119 or visiting the NHS website.

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

"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.

“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.”

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