Confirmed: All of Nottinghamshire moves into Tier 3

It's been confirmed that the whole of Nottinghamshire is set to be placed under Tier 3 restrictions after talks between councils and the Government.

All districts, boroughs and the city will be placed into the measures on Friday (October 30th).

Councillor Jason Zadrozny, leader of Ashfield District Council, has confirmed to ITV News that the initial plan to move just Nottingham, Broxtowe, Gedling and Rushcliffe into the Tier 3 restrictions has been delayed by 24 hours.

Mansfield, Newark and Sherwood, Ashfield and Bassetlaw are now set to do the same.

It follows talks between council bosses in north Nottinghamshire and the Government on Wednesday morning, at which Councillor Jason Zadrozny was present.

How will it affect daily life?

Ashfield Council Leader told ITV reporter Mark Kielesz-Levine that sunbed, beauty salons and tattoo shops will close.

When the Tier 3 restrictions come in, daily life must change for everybody living in those areas:

  • Household must not mix indoors, in any hospitality venue or in private gardens.

  • Socialising among different households will be banned in all settings - apart from outdoor public spaces, such as parks, where the rule of six will apply.

  • Pubs and bars that don't serve meals will be closed. Betting shops and casinos will also close.

  • Restaurants and pubs serving food will be allowed to open, so long as customers remain seated and different households cannot meet up and mix.

Why is this happening?

There has been serious concern about the rate of infection in Nottinghamshire.

At one time, Nottingham had the highest rate in the country.

The rate of coronavirus cases in Nottingham fell from 726.6 in the seven days to October 15 to 464.4 in the week to October 22, with 1,546 new cases, according to analysis by the PA news agency.

The city had the highest Covid-19 rate in the country in the seven days to October 15, but was 22nd on a list of local authority areas by rate of new cases in the seven days to October 22.

Warrington will also move into Tier 3, later this week.

The two areas will join the Liverpool City Region, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Yorkshire in Tier 3 - placing 8.2 million people in England under the toughest restrictions.

What's the reaction been?

Simon Robinson, the leader of Ruschliffe Borough council, says he is concerned the new restrictions will affect people's mental health.

Alex Norris, MP for Nottingham North, is already asking how the area can leave Tier 3.

Nadia Whittome, MP for Nottingham East, says the situation was "totally avoidable" and urges further talks between the government and local leaders.

Lilian Greenwood, MP for Nottingham South, condemns the time the talks took.

What about the money?The local council leaders say,

"A package of support similar to those secured in other parts of the country has been agreed to help residents and businesses who will be impacted by the new restrictions."

Covid tiers: - What are the differences between each alert level?

  • Medium (Tier 1) - Rule of six applies indoors and outdoors. Pubs and restaurants close at 10pm.

  • High (Tier 2) - Households must not mix indoors in any setting including pubs and restaurants. Rule of six applies outdoors

  • Very high (Tier 3) - Households must not mix indoors, or in private gardens. Rule of six applies in outdoor spaces including parks. Pubs and bars which don't serve meals will be closed

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