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Many Nottingham students have begun travelling home for the Christmas period under new university guidelines.

It was recently announced that students at Nottingham Trent University and University of Nottingham would have a short window in which they could travel home.

This comes along with the news that Nottingham city has gone into Tier 3 under new government restrictions – but what does this mean for the city?

With over 70,000 students split between Nottingham’s universities, it comes as no surprise that it became a hotspot for the spread of the virus.

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Many students have recently been caught attending large parties and gatherings, increasing the spread of the virus and have faced fines of up to £10,000 as well as suspensions.

After another gathering was shut down on December 7, Nottinghamshire police released a statement saying: “The current tier three restrictions for Nottinghamshire are in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and to save lives.

“It is deeply disappointing that so many people decided to disobey the rules on this occasion and increase the risk of transmission of this deadly virus.”

While scenarios such as this are still happening, the rate of transmission has still been dropping, and is expected to drop further when students vacate their term-time accommodation.

Recent figures show that Nottingham’s rate of infection is lower than that of many Tier 2 areas, including the City of London.

In the seven days leading up to December 3, Nottingham had an infection rate of just 149.9, compared to that of London, which was 164.4.

With the news that Nottingham’s famous Christmas market would not be reopening this year, it remains to be seen what the festive season holds in regards to the virus.