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The Hearty Goodfellow and The Admiral Rodney in Southwell react to the government's coronavirus tier system

There was a mixed response in Newark and Southwell to the news that Nottinghamshire has been put in the high risk category for coronavirus restrictions.

Lisa White, of The Hearty Goodfellow, Southwell, said tier three would have been kinder to businesses.

The Hearty Goodfellow (42702589)
The Hearty Goodfellow (42702589)

She said: “Putting us into tier three would have been kinder in many ways because it would have meant financial support alongside the closure.

“Putting us into tier two, it is difficult because we have a lot more to manage in the sense that we have to continue to appeal to our customers and guests, while dealing with the new ever-changing guidelines.”

“Being in hospitality we want to open our doors, it is in our blood, but they are making it difficult.”

The Admiral Rodney. (31870124)
The Admiral Rodney. (31870124)

Josh Asher, assistant manager at The Admiral Rodney, Southwell, said: “I expected us to be put in tier three.

"It feels like they (the government) are scaring people away from pubs. It is doing our trade no good whatsoever.

“I certainly think we are going to get quieter because of this.”

Colby Williams, Tambo Lounge supervisor in Newark, said he was surprised Nottinghamshire was not in the very high risk category.

“I thought I was going to get a call yesterday to say ‘time to close’, so I am relieved that we are still open ­— but there is also uncertainty.

“We are not being treated as we should be, with Nottingham having the highest infection rate in the country.

“It’s almost like we are a game of dominoes, just waiting to fall over.”

For more reaction from Newark see here.

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