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Newark District Council leader’s view on Tier 3

Posted onPosted on 26th Nov

As Newark and Sherwood joins the rest of Nottinghamshire entering Tier 3 for Covid-19 restrictions from Wednesday, 2 December, Coun David Lloyd, leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: “Everyone has worked together to see a reduction in rates so far across Nottinghamshire, however the position still remains critical and the rates we are seeing remain very high.

“Hospital wards are still full, the impact of the virus is still putting pressure on our NHS services. To help reduce that pressure we must stick to the tier 3 restrictions, that is the only way to move out of tier 3.

“However, the changes in restrictions that tier 3 bring mean that our local retailers can open their doors again to welcome residents back in a COVID secure way.

“The district council is rolling out a retail assurance scheme across high streets in Edwinstowe, Newark, Ollerton and Southwell to give confidence to residents that we, and local retailers, are doing everything we can to look after your safety. With Christmas coming, it is important we support our local economy but this has to be done with the safety of everyone being of paramount importance.”

Director of Public Health for Nottinghamshire Jonathan Gribbin said: “People across Nottinghamshire have achieved a reduction in rates over recent weeks and I welcome the move out of lockdown, and a set of arrangements from December 2 which are clear and consistent. We will support our communities and businesses to adapt to the new rules.

“The Government has also announced an easement of the rules for a few days covering the Christmas holiday period to enable family members or friends to meet up. As in the rest of the UK people in Nottinghamshire are urged to exercise caution and to take care to work within the guidance about how to do this safely. In this way, we can maintain our momentum in lowering infection rates.

“The regulations are here to protect us all and are designed to keep the rates low; and the lower the number of cases get the more likely we are to move down through the tiers and start to feel like things can return to normal again.”

For further information about the guidance, visit Newark and Sherwood District Council’s website at