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Newark and Sherwood District Council leader David Lloyd outlines the support available to those affected by coronavirus

I think we will all agree that the news of another national lockdown was not the New Year’s greeting anybody wanted, writes David Lloyd, of Newark and Sherwood District Council.

With our lives once again led by further restrictions that will be a hammer-blow to businesses and residents across the district. I want to reassure you that we are working around the clock to support you.

We have shown such resilience as a district so far and I know that the restrictions only add further challenges when, quite frankly, we are sick and tired of them.

Newark Town Pump..) Alan Mellor, David Lloyd, Michael Knapton, Ian Harrison.. (4243934)
Newark Town Pump..) Alan Mellor, David Lloyd, Michael Knapton, Ian Harrison.. (4243934)

However, I must ask again for everyone’s support in following the guidance and to play their part.

The severity of thesituation requires that we continue to work together, taking what we’ve learnt from previous lockdowns and going the extra mile to save lives and protect the NHS.

The testing centre in Newark continues to operate seven days a week for those with coronavirus symptoms and there is light at the end of the tunnel as Newark’s vaccination centre has also opened its doors.

First priority at the site is for those over 80 and front line health and social care workers.

Once you become eligible, you will be contacted to book your appointment.

We have opened applications for the next round of business support grants, which are available for businesses affected when Newark and Sherwood entered tier four and the latest national lockdown from January 5.

The application form is on our website and you have until 5pm on January 29 to apply.

The pandemic and repeated experiences of lockdowns are having a profound effect on our mental health, exasperating feelings of anxiety, uncertainty and confusion.

The loss of life, impact of loneliness, and inevitable recession that lies ahead will affect all of us. Therefore, prioritising mental health has never been more critical.

Since October, we have been working in partnership with Newark-based registered, accredited therapist, Kevin Guthrie to host a series of live virtual events to support people’s mental health and wellbeing.

I am delighted that the sessions have now been extended further. Details will be shared soon.

Despite the restrictions, we also benefit from living in an area with wonderful parks and open spaces, which remain open for our daily exercise.

If you are leaving home for an essential reason, please stay local and support your local essential retailers where possible.

Finally, if you are an isolated resident or know someone who may need assistance with the supply of food or medication, support is there for you.

Call 0300 500 8080 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm) or email the support hub at enquiries@nottscc.gov.uk

It’s going to be a tough few months for everyone, but if we all play our part by staying local and following the guidelines, brighter days are ahead.

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