Until Wednesday 2 December, national restrictions continue to apply across England to help stop the spread of COVID-19. For the full guidance on the national restrictions, please visit the government website.

From Wednesday 2 December, Newark and Sherwood will be placed into the Tier 3 Very High Alert level for COVID-19 restrictions, along with Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. For the full guidance on the Tier 3 Very High Alert level, please visit the government website.

People who have symptoms of COVID-19 – high temperature, continuous cough or loss of taste or smell – must self-isolate immediately and book a test online or by calling 119.


What are the latest restrictions?

The latest restrictions can be found here.

Where do the restrictions cover?

They cover the whole of England.

Why are the measures being introduced?

For an explanation of why the latest restrictions have been put in place click here.

How long will they last?

The new measures will apply nationally for four weeks, up to and including Wednesday 2 December.

When can I leave my house?

You must not leave or be outside of your home except for specific purposes. View the full list here.

Can I meet with someone outside of my household?

In general you must not meet people socially.  Full details are available here.

I live on my own and I am self-isolating, who do I call for help?

In the first instance, ask a friend, family, neighbour or carer for support as long as this can be done safely within the government guidance. 

Secondly, you can ask an NHS volunteer responder (download the Goodsam app or call 0808 196 3646 between 8am and 8pm, 7 days a week). 

Thirdly, there are a huge number of community groups available to offer help with a number of different things, from dog walking to supermarket shopping. A full list of these groups can be found on the Nottinghamshire Coronavirus Community Support Hub.

Finally, if you are struggling to find support using these options, then please email the hub at enquiries@nottscc.gov.uk or call 0300 500 8080.

Which businesses must close?

To reduce social contact, the Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close. Detailed information on closures is available here.

What businesses can remain open?

A list of businesses that can remain open can be found here.

What are the changes for the hospitality venues and takeaways?

Hospitality venues like restaurants, bars and pubs must close, but can still provide takeaway and delivery services. However, takeaway of alcohol will not be allowed.  Further information is available here.

Can accommodation venues remain open?

Holiday accommodation must close.  Further details are available here.

What happens about weddings, civil partnerships and funerals?

Full information on these is available here.

Can I continue to go to work?

To help contain the virus, everyone who can work effectively from home must do so.  Further details are available here.

Why are schools remaining open?

The risk to children themselves of becoming severely ill from COVID-19 is very low and there are negative health impacts of being out of school.  Full details can be found here.

Who is more at risk from Coronavirus?

If you are over 60 or clinically vulnerable, you could be at a higher risk of severe illness from Coronavirus.  To find out more, click here.

What is a childcare bubble and how do these measures affect childcare?

Full information on childcare bubbles and how these measures affect childcare is available here.

Can grandparents from the same household (i.e. grandma and grandad) both provide childcare?

Yes. Grandparents who live in the same household, i.e. grandma and grandad, can link with one other household, to form a childcare bubble, so that the parents of the children can work.

I have two sets of grandparents who live in separate households looking after my children. Is this allowed?

No. You can only link with one other household at any time, so the parents of the children can work.

I am a grandparent, how many of my grandchildren can I look after?

One set from one household, so the parents can work.

I don't live with my partner, can I still go to their house?

If you and your partner don't live together, you can form a support bubble, provided one of you lives alone. If you don't meet the criteria to form a bubble, you cannot meet indoors.

What is a support bubble?

A support bubble is a close support network between a household with only one adult in the home (known as a single-adult household) and one other household of any size.

Once you're in a support bubble, you can think of yourself as being in a single household with people from the other household. It means you can have close contact with that household as if they were members of your own household.

Once you make a support bubble, you should not change who is in your bubble.

You should not have multiple bubbles.

What other measures are in place regarding travel?

If you live in England, you cannot travel overseas or within the UK, unless for work, education or other legally permitted reasons, and you should look to reduce the number of journeys you make. However you can and should still travel for a number of reasons which are listed here.

Can I go to a care home?

Care homes are being encouraged to, and supported to provide safe visiting opportunities.  It is advisable to contact the care home for their latest information before visiting. More information on safely visiting care homes is available here.

Will the recycling centre be open?

Yes, all 12 of household waste and recycling centres in Nottinghamshire will remain open during the lockdown. Check locations and opening times here.

What are the changes in relation to sports and exercising?
Individual exercise is permitted – alone, with one other person, or within your household or bubble.  Further information is available here.

Can I travel to play sport outside of the areas with restrictions? 

You are allowed to leave your home to exercise outdoors. You should stay as local as possible, but can travel out of your local area if necessary (for example, to access an open space). If you need to travel, you should walk or cycle where possible and follow guidance on safe travel.

Can I go to the gym, gym class, leisure centre or a swimming pool?

No. All leisure venues, including gyms and swimming pools must close as part of the national restrictions.   Some school swimming lessons will continue.

Can I have someone in my house (or go into someone's house) to do repairs or other work?

Those who need to visit other people’s homes for their work can continue to do so.  Full guidance is available at www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/homes

Can I visit a friend or relative in hospital or accompany them to an appointment?

Please check with the hospital before visiting.

Can I still go on holiday?

You cannot leave home for holidays or stays overnight away from your main home unless permitted by law. This means that holidays in the UK and abroad are not allowed. This includes staying in a second home or caravan, if you own one, or staying with anyone you do not live with or are in a support bubble with.  Further information is available here.

What about public transport and car sharing?

Full details are available here.

Can I move home?


What financial support is available?

Please see our separate pages for information on financial support that is available for both businesses and residents.

How to do I book a test and what happens at a test?

If you have symptoms, you must self-isolate immediately and book a test.  You can book on, and find further information about tests at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test  You can also call 119 to book a test.  You must self-isolate until you get your results and at that point will be advised what to do next.

I have symptoms, does the rest of my household need to book a test? 

If someone in your household starts to have symptoms, then that person must get tested and the rest of the household should self-isolate with them whilst they wait for the results. If you or other members of the household don't have symptoms, then you should not get a test - only people with symptoms should get tested.

What do I do if I see someone breaking the rules?

If you see an individual is breaching restrictions, you can report it to Nottinghamshire Police by calling 101. In an emergency call 999.

Can you advise when the business grant supports schemes will be available?

Newark and Sherwood District Council is awaiting confirmation from central government on how financial support packages for affected businesses, under the new national restrictions, will be paid out.  As soon as we have this information, we will publish an application form on the District Council website for businesses to complete.  We anticipate that this will be available on Wednesday 11 November 2020.  As soon as the business grant application form opens, it will be available at www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk/fsb/

When does the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme end?

This scheme has been extended until 31 March 2021.  80% of an employee’s salary, up to £2500 per month (not NI or pension) will be paid. 

Can I purchase alcohol past 9pm in those retail shops that remain open?

Yes, the 9pm restriction on the sale of alcohol was in place when Nottinghamshire was in the tier 3, Very High alert level.  As soon as the national lockdown restrictions were in force, that superseded all tier three arrangements. 

What will happen when national lockdown restrictions are over?

Unfortunately, we don’t yet know. We believe that we will revert to the tiering system but we don’t know what tier we will be placed in.

What are the latest number of cases in our area?

The latest data is available at https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/



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