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Newark and Sherwood urged to help ‘protect everyone’

Posted onPosted on 14th Oct

A council leader has urged the people of Newark and Sherwood to help “protect everyone” as the region enters further Covid-19 restrictions after the Government placed Nottinghamshire in the high level risk category from today.

Coun 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.”

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 from today 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.

Jonathan Gribbin, director of public health for Nottinghamshire County Council, added: “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.”

For more information, watch Coun Lloyd discussing what the new restrictions are and what they mean, here.