Chamber responds to confirmation of Tier 3 Covid restrictions for Nottingham

Chamber responds to confirmation of Tier 3 Covid restrictions for Nottingham

Nottingham and its surrounding areas will move into Tier 3 Covid-19 restrictions later this week, it has been confirmed following crunch talks with the Government.

The Gedling, Rushcliffe and Broxtowe borough council areas will enter Tier 3 alongside the city from 00.01am on Thursday.

The restrictions mean that hospitality venues will have to close unless they serve meals, while households are banned from mixing indoors or in private gardens and beer gardens.

The new measures last for 28 days and will be closely monitored by Government and local partners.

A single package of measures across the affected areas will be announced shortly. It will be aimed at helping residents and businesses who will be impacted by the new restrictions, as well as trying to acheive a sustained reduction in infection rates, to help protect vulnerable residents, the NHS and social care services.

East Midlands Chamber Chief Executive Scott Knowles said: “We urge the Government and those local authorities impacted to ensure they provide clear communication to businesses between now and Thursday about what they need to do, as well as highlighting the support available to them and how it can be accessed.

“While we understand the public health reasons for this decision, it will have a significantly detrimental impact on people’s lives in the areas affected, so it is vitally important the Government is also transparent in what the exit strategy is.

“Businesses and communities must be aware of which tests must be passed, and when, in order for the area to come out of tier three lockdown. This situation can’t be allowed to continue for any longer than is absolutely necessary.”

 

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