As national restrictions cease at midnight, Nottingham prepares to enter Tier Three restrictions alongside 41.5% of the UK, but how exactly is this going to affect residents?
32 days after Nottingham’s initial tier 3 ruling, the county returns to the toughest of measures, which has been described as a ‘bitter blow’ by council leader David Mellen.
🔔 | Tomorrow we will move out of lockdown and follow new measures in Tier 3: High Level Alert
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— Nottinghamshire County Council (@NottsCC) December 1, 2020
With coronavirus cases falling considerably in the area, locals were hopeful that Nottinghamshire would be reduced to tier 2 following the national lockdown.
Coronavirus rates have shown a sharp decrease since October, where infection peaked at 525 cases per 100,000.
Alison Challenger, Director of Public Health in Nottingham, said: “People in Nottingham have worked hard to reduce rates of Covid-19 and we have seen cases in the city fall below the national average”.
The latest figures recorded on November 21 showed the epidemic curve heading in the right direction, with 221 cases per 100,000.
Despite the tier 3 ruling Labour MP Lillian Greenwood for Nottingham South has pledged to ‘keep pressing for answers’.
In the meantime, it is essential that everyone follows the current guidelines to ensure that coronavirus cases continue to fall in the county.
Under the new guidance household mixing is not permitted indoors, and the rule of six applies when meeting in public outdoor settings, such as parks and beaches.
Other outdoor settings such as private gardens are not permitted for socialising.
All Hospitality settings remain closed but are permitted to offer limited services such as take-away, delivery and drive through.
Accommodation services are only available to those using them as permanent housing, or for work, education or training.
All indoor entertainment and attractions are disallowed, with public attendees not permitted to be present for indoor performances or spectator sports.
Sports and leisure facilities are open but not providing group classes, saunas or steam services.
Outdoor exercise classes can continue without high-risk contact.
Places of worship can open with no socializing outside of households.
Educational settings such as, childcare, schools and universities remain open.
Weddings and funerals can go ahead with limited capacity.
Limit unnecessary journeys and avoid travelling outside of Nottingham unless essential, and overnight stays are discouraged unless for crucial purposes.
Despite the current ‘very high alert’ it is the hope of many that restrictions will be reduced in time for the Christmas period.
“The hope must be that we could move into tier 2 before christmas”
david mellen, council leader
Nottingham City Council Leader David Mellen said: “The tiers are being reviewed every 14 days so the hope must be that we could be into Tier 2 before Christmas.”
For more details about the restrictions in place and possible exemptions visit https://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/coronavirus