Check the Government website to see what this means for you.
New appointment slots have been added across Nottinghamshire for 36-39 year olds.
Updated daily, it shows the number of COVID-19 cases in Nottinghamshire. You can then check the rates by District to see how the rates in Newark and Sherwood compare.
17 May 2021
From 17 May, Lockdown restrictions have eased further according to the Government roadmap out of lockdown. The rule of 6 (or 2 households) mixing outdoors will move indoors too and we'll be able to to enjoy more activities as indoor venues and attractions have opened again.
As we mix more, socially, it's essential that we follow the basic guidance, Hands, Face, Space and Air. We should all keep washing our hands, wear face coverings when in indoor or enclosed public spaces and maintain social distancing. We should also keep testing for COVID-19 regularly using home test kits or the asymptomatic testing centres.
The big change though is that you can now use your own judgment to assess the risks you take. Use the regular twice weekly testing to help understand and judge these risks with your friends by sharing your results. Remember, if you either test positive or have any COVID-19 symptoms, self-isolate and get a confirmatory PCR test. For more information of what tests are available, take a look at our testing web pages.
This means that our Leisure Centres will be able to provide more activities and facilities for us all to enjoy. For full details of which facilities will be available, take a look at the Active4Today website.
There will also be more events and activities opening too. To keep an eye on what our district has to offer, take a look at our Leisure pages.
Our support for local businesses continues with the Restart Grants and Additional Restrictions Grants now open for applications.
Let's take the next steps safely
You can now mix with up to 6 people or one other household indoors. If you are visiting a local venue then please use the NHS COVID-19 app. It'll help you to check in to venues quickly and easily. The app can then let you know if you have come into contact with someone who later tests positive. There will also be paper based systems in place if you cannot or prefer not to use the app.
Make COVID-19 testing part of your weekly routine
As social contact increases, the need for testing becomes more important.
Everyone can get home test kits at any of our community testing sites or by ordering them online. Or if you prefer, you can keep on using the asymptomatic test sites across the district.
We now have 3 mobile sites open between 10am and 4:30pm:
- Newark Market Place which will be available on Wednesday and Saturdays,
- Forest Road car park in Ollerton open Monday and Thursday, and
- The Leisure Centre, Nottingham Road Southwell open Monday and Thursday.
You can collect home test kits or get a supervised test from these locations.
If you’re not sure what to expect, watch our video to see exactly what’s involved in the asymptomatic test.
If you show symptoms, self-isolate, call 119 and get a symptomatic test booked. Find out what you should do and how to book a symptomatic test, here.
Build testing into your weekly routine. Find out about COVID-19 testing in Newark here.
Alongside regular testing for the virus, vaccination is an important part of the Government’s plans to ease restrictions. Vaccination take up across Newark and Sherwood has been really encouraging. Over two thirds of the adult population have now had at least their first dose and 1 in 3 have had both. (Correct as at 13 May 2021).
If you are clinically vulnerable or aged 38 or over and you haven’t had your first dose of vaccine, go to the NHS COVID-19 vaccination hub, to book your vaccine appointment or call 119.
If you see the vaccination bus in your area or at your workplace, it is there for you to use. If you're eligible and haven't already booked your appointment, you can get a vaccine on board, no appointment necessary.
Videos explaining the vaccine in other languages are available by following the links below:
You can view other languages here.
What are the next steps?
Step 4 is pencilled in for 21 June. This date could still be pushed back and depend entirely on the data. However, the current statistics are encouraging and show how we're all playing our part to stick to the rules.
For more information on the Government roadmap, visit the .gov.uk website.
To see the local cases for Nottinghamshire take a look at the dashboard. It's updated daily.
Variants of concern
The following statement has been issued by Jonathan Gribbin, Director of Public Health for Nottinghamshire on 14 May 2021:
“From time to time we receive notifications about cases of Variants of Concern and Variants of Interest and we continue to support Public Health England colleagues in the risk assessment and investigation which they undertake.
At the moment, there is no indication of the need to carry out additional testing in Nottinghamshire County but we will continue to keep this under review with our partners. Working with them we have robust plans in place for addressing outbreaks, including additional testing capacity if that is needed.
The way to keep Covid-19 under control is the same irrespective of which variant it is. This means isolating at home and getting tested straight away if you develop symptoms. It means only socialising outdoors with one other household or up to six people and staying 2m apart. It means wearing a face covering in enclosed public spaces, and washing your hands frequently. “
In an enclosed environment, such as a car, you are much more likely to spread the virus amongst your colleagues and potentially bring it into your household. Car sharing outside of your household or support bubble is not permitted under Government guidance.
Government guidance on car sharing can be found here.
How we can all help
- Get tested regularly at one of our community testing sites or take up the home testing kits for all over 18s.
- Log both positive and negative test results.
- Hands, Face, Space, Air. Wash your hands regularly, wear a face covering and stay at least 2 metres apart.
- Download the NHS COVID-19 app, search for “NHS COVID-19” in the App Store or Google Play Store on your phone.
- As we move out of lockdown, stick to the rules. Check the latest rules here.
- If you’re aged 38 or over or clinically vulnerable, and you haven’t had your first dose of vaccine, book an appointment online or call 119.
- Make sure you get your second dose of vaccine when you need to.
Our Community Centres are now able to open again and some activities can restart, so if you’re an event organiser we need to hear from you!
If you wish to restart we need to meet with you to talk about:
- Your activity or event to ensure that it can be done in a COVID-secure way noting that numbers are limited to six, inclusive of you as the organiser
- Full adherence to the Council’s Safe Systems of Work for Community Centres
- Production of a relevant Track & Trace System
Please contact the housing team on 0800 561 0010 to discuss the safe re-opening of your activity or event.