Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Nottinghamshire to move into ‘very high’ alert level

Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Nottinghamshire to move into ‘very high’ alert level

The Department of Health and Social Care has announced that Nottinghamshire will be the latest area to move into local COVID alert level ‘very high’ on Friday 30 October 2020. Nottinghamshire currently has some of the highest coronavirus (COVID-19) infection rates in the country, with the weekly case rate at 364 people per 100,000 in Nottinghamshire County, and 493 per 100,000 in Nottingham City.

New measures coming into place from that date include:

• a ban on people socialising with anybody outside of their household or support bubble in any indoor setting or private garden or at most outdoor hospitality venues

• a ban on socialising in a group of more than six in an outdoor public space

• closure of all pubs and bars unless they are serving substantial meals

• avoiding travelling outside the area except where required for work, education or caring responsibilities or staying overnight in another part of the UK

Following discussions with local leaders, it was also agreed that:

• all hospitality venues can remain open to offer substantial meals, or must operate a delivery and takeaway service only and can only serve alcohol with a substantial meal

• alcohol sales for consumption off premises (eg at shops) is prohibited after 9 pm, however alcohol can continue to be purchased at hospitality venues until 10 pm provided it is with a substantial meal

• use of shared smoking equipment in hospitality venues is prohibited

• betting shops, car boot sales and auction houses must close (with the exception of livestock and agricultural equipment sales)

• indoor entertainment and tourism venues must close, with the exception of ice skating rinks, cinemas, concert halls, and theatres

• hotels and other accommodation can stay open

• saunas and steam rooms must close but leisure and sporting facilities can remain open

• ‘personal care settings’ including tattoo parlours, tanning and nail salons must close, but hairdressers and barbers can remain open provided they do not perform services which are closed

• public buildings (eg town halls and community centres) can remain open but should not host private hire events

Source: Local COVID alert level update for Nottinghamshire

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