Nottingham will move to Tier 4 ‘Stay at Home’ Covid-19 restrictions from Thursday 31 December at 00:01am, following the Government announcement today.
Tighter restrictions are being introduced across the country to help reduce the spread of the new strain of Covid-19. Around one in three people have no symptoms so will be spreading the virus without even realising.
The new Tier 4 restrictions mean:
- People must not leave home except for specific purposes: food, medical reasons or work
- People must not travel unless necessary. Stay at home and do not leave a Tier 4 area
- Work from home if possible
- Only up to two people can meet in public outdoor spaces
- Only essential shops can open. Non-essential retail must close and can only open for click-and-collect and delivery
- Pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants must close and can only open for takeaway, drive-through or delivery
- Indoor leisure and entertainment must close
- Places of worship can open for private prayer and communal worship but you cannot interact with anyone outside of your household or support bubble
Cllr David Mellen, Leader of Nottingham City Council, said:
“We’ve made huge progress to reduce the spread of Covid-19 in Nottingham, so I know that people will be disappointed to see our city move from Tier 3 to Tier 4 restrictions.
“It may feel like a backwards step, but higher restrictions are now being brought in across the country to help manage the virus, which has dramatically increased in other areas. It is important that we take firm action now to keep people safe from the virus.
“Clearly, our hospitality industry – our pubs and restaurants – will remain closed in Tier 4 and will continue to face financial difficulties. I repeat my call for the Government to provide further support to businesses that have been impacted by Covid-19.
“However, as we start the new year, the message is clear: we must stay home and limit contact with other people as much as possible. As well as slowing the spread of Covid-19, this will also help to reduce pressure on the NHS at this difficult time.
“We know that the vaccine will be rolled out in 2021 – there is clearly light at the end of the tunnel. However, for now, I would urge everyone in our city to follow the new Tier 4 restrictions: stay at home and stay safe.”
Alison Challenger, Director of Public Health for Nottingham, said:
“It is vital that everyone follows the new guidelines. Most people in Nottingham have stuck to the rules since we first locked down together as a country in March. It is important that we all pull together once again.
“We all have a role to play in this. In addition to the new restrictions, we must all continue to wash hands, wear a face covering and maintain social distance.
“People who have symptoms of Covid-19 such as high temperature, continuous cough or loss of taste or smell must self-isolate immediately and book a test by calling the NHS on 119.”