Jonathan Gribbin, Director of Public Health. Photo credits: Nottinghamshire County Council.

Jonathan Gribbin, Director of Public Health for Nottinghamshire, has welcomed data which has shown a reduction in the Covid case rates which have been contributing to severe pressures for people and services in Nottinghamshire.

Similar improvements across England have led to the Prime Minister’s announcement that additional Plan B restrictions will be lifted from 27 January.

Some of the Plan B measures – people working from home if they can and the requirement for face coverings in school classrooms – have already been removed.

Mr Gribbin said:

“I thank people in Nottinghamshire for their playing their part in limiting the impact of Covid-19 on local services by getting vaccinated, isolating and getting tested if they have had symptoms or a positive test result, and following other measures.

“We can be optimistic about the months ahead but the pandemic is not yet behind us.

For the time being, we must continue to act carefully and remain cautious.

“As we return to Winter Plan A, getting vaccinated is still the best way to protect yourself and others. People who are fully vaccinated should continue to follow all the behaviours and actions set out in the guidance on how to help limit the spread of Covid-19.”

Mr Gribbin has stated the public should do the following:

Meeting outdoors instead of indoors in order to reduce the risk of airborne transmission.

Continuing to wear face coverings, especially in crowded and enclosed settings and  continuing regular Lateral Flow testing.

He also advises people to stay at home if unwell and to sanitize your hands regularly.