As coronavirus cases in Nottingham continue to rise, the Government has placed the city – and county – into tier two of its new tiered system. But what exactly does that mean?
Speaking to the House of Commons on Monday (October 12), Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a new three-tiered system which ranks areas as at either medium, high or very high alert level.
Those in the medium alert level will face the basic national rules – including the rule of six, distancing from people from other households and the 10 pm curfew for pubs, bars and restaurants, and wearing face coverings in indoor places.
Areas put into tier two (high alert) – including Nottingham – must follow rules from tier one but additional restrictions.
The Liverpool City region is the only area to be placed into ‘very high’ alert.
In addition to all of the baseline restrictions, gyms, leisure centres, betting shops and casinos must close under tier two.
Residents are also prohibited from meeting with anyone outside their household or support bubble, this applied indoors and in certain outdoor locations.
Gatherings in private gardens or pub gardens is not allowed, but people can meet in parks, beaches, countrysides or forests as long as there is no more than six people.
Pubs and bars will be closed unless they serve substantial meals. Alcohol can only be served with meals.
So what can people in Nottingham with the city under high alert?
Full list of tier two restrictions:
- You cannot socialise with anyone outside your household, or support bubble, in any indoor setting – this applies at home or in a public place, such as a pub or restaurant
- Groups can meet outside, but this should be with no more than six people.
- Businesses and venues can continue to operate if possible in a COVID-secure way
- Schools, universities and places of worship can remain open
- Certain businesses are required to ensure customers only consume food and drink while seated, they must close between 10 pm and 5 am.
- Businesses and venues selling takeaway food can continue to do so after 10 pm as long as this is delivery, click and collect or drive-through
- Weddings and funerals can continue with restrictions on the number of attendees
- Exercises classes and organised sport can continue outdoors. Indoor activities can be permitted if it possible for people to avoid mixing with others from different households or support bubbles
- Travel to venues or amenities continues to be allowed – for work or education – but you should look to reduce this where possible
By Matt Lee
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