Nottingham market square

Christmas is right round the corner and for many of us this year the Christmas wish is that Nottingham will be allowed to go down into Tier Two.

The whole of Nottinghamshire has been placed under the toughest national restrictions since the end of October due to the high rates of coronavirus throughout the county.

However, a glimmer of hope is that with the fortnight annual review coming up on 16 December, the restrictions may be eased.

The community across Nottingham has mixed opinions about whether or not we should be allowed to be moved into Tier Two, but many are in favour of having restrictions lowered with lots of people commenting on the impact it has on industries such as hospitality, mental health and people’s behaviour and the effects on infection rates.

Philipa Rogers Smith, from Nottingham said: “I would love to go into Tier 2 as we now have lower rates than the national average – it depends if the young people can behave too.”

Julia Matthews, from Nottingham, said: “I would like to go back into Tier 2, my concern is about the mental health of those not working.”

“Folks are sick to death of more lockdowns and it’s pushing the boundaries more and more, thank goodness for the vaccine, light at the end of the tunnel!”

Tracey Alleetson, Nottingham Resident

The hospitality industry has been a main focus as to why people think restrictions should be lowered.

Another Nottingham resident said: “My partner has been in the hospitality industry for 12 years and is now at home not knowing if or when his venue might open.”

“Folks are sick to death of more lockdowns and it’s pushing the boundaries more and more, thank goodness for the vaccine, light at the end of the tunnel!, added Tracey Alleetson.

However some are against the idea of us being placed into a lower tier.

Lorna Patrick, Nottingham Resident said: “To drive the national average down, strict restrictions need to remain in place.

“I’m in favour of Tier 2 but only if the hospitals have sufficient staff to carry out routine and urgent proceedings, but not until then regardless of infection rates.”

With infections rates lowering in Nottingham, people are hopeful the review will allow the city and county to move back into Tier Two so that the hospitality industry and people’s livelihoods can return to some normality and the economy can thrive again just in time for Christmas.