New “high” alert level announced by Government to include Newark and Sherwood

13 October 2020

Newark and Sherwood will have further Covid-19 restrictions imposed, after the Government announced the county of Nottinghamshire has been placed in a “high” level of risk category.

The changes form part of a new system of local Covid-19 alert levels set out by the Government, in which different parts of England will be placed into “medium”, “high” and “very high” alert levels.

Restrictions imposed will include not mixing with other households indoors unless you have formed a support bubble with them. This includes private homes and any other indoor venues such as pubs and restaurants. The rule of six will still apply to those outdoors, where the risk of the virus spreading is deemed to be lower.

The Government is expected to give further details over the coming days about what the new restrictions mean and any new laws which may need to be implemented as a result. The restrictions will come into force by Wednesday this week.

This will be kept under constant review, and in particular in areas where the levels are particularly high. Businesses will remain under the same restrictions which are already in place, which includes the 10pm curfew for pubs and bars.

Schools and education settings will also remain open across the whole of England.

The Government Covid 19 app will show what local alert level applies to each area along with a postcode checker on the gov.uk website. This will contain updated guidance on what these levels mean, especially for those who are vulnerable.

This comes as the numbers of positive cases across Nottinghamshire continue to escalate. Numbers for Newark and Sherwood are currently at 231 cases per 100,000.

The new restrictions are designed to curb this trajectory to save lives, protect the most vulnerable, reduce pressure on the NHS, and keep schools and businesses open where possible.

Councillor David Lloyd, Leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: “These restrictions will not be easy for anyone, however we must all play our part and keep going. We need to protect everyone - in particular the vulnerable residents of our communities. No one can be complacent and being so is a threat to people’s lives.

“Here at Newark and Sherwood District Council we will work with our partners to ensure people are following the rules and provide support to residents and our business community. We are facing a critical point in controlling the spread of the virus as we near winter so we must all follow these new restrictions and prevent unnecessary deaths. We must act now.”

Residents continue to be urged to self-isolate immediately if they develop symptoms of the virus, including a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss/change to the sense of smell or taste. A free test can be booked by calling 119 or visiting the NHS website.  

Jonathan Gribbin, Director of Public Health for Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “Positive Covid-19 cases are increasing across the entire county and in some areas the increase is steep. To slow the spread and prevent the need for stricter measures, we must only mix indoors within our own household (or support bubble) and we all have to observe the rules on hands, face, and space.

“If you get symptoms you need to isolate and take a test. And people need to keep on following the guidance to stay safe and protect lives. Key to this is making sure you stay two metres apart, wear masks where applicable and wash hands regularly. Hands, face, space. It could not be any clearer.

“Only by doing this can we turn the tide on these escalating numbers, prevent the vulnerable becoming ill, and stop the numbers of hospital admissions rising.  This is a responsibility for every one of us.”

Councillor David Lloyd, Leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council wanted to speak to you directly about what these latest restrictions mean and how it affects you:

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