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Mansfield council backs countywide approach to Covid-19

Posted onPosted on 15th Oct

Mansfield District Council is calling on people to abide by new countywide measures aimed at helping to stem a significant increase in the Covid-19 infection rate across the county.

The government has placed the whole county under Local COVID Alert Level High restrictions, which means people in the whole of Nottinghamshire must not mix indoors with people who are not in their household or support bubble, either at home or in venues.

The new guidelines mean people should work from home wherever they can and care homes should be closed to external visitors, except in exceptional circumstances.

The Mayor of Mansfield, Andy Abrahams (pictured), said: “Even though Mansfield’s infection rate remains comparatively low compared to other parts of the county, we understand why these measures have to be applied across the board in order to reduce the risk of the virus spreading.

“The guidance and insight from Public Health at Nottinghamshire County Council suggests county-wide measures are the best approach and Mansfield District Council supports that approach along with every other local council in the county.

“We have to work together and do everything we can to keep cases low and protect everyone because the alternative is cases could increase significantly and that would have a detrimental effect on businesses and communities. It’s our belief that a smaller sacrifice on freedoms now will help reduce the risk of our infection rate increasing and avoid Tier 3 measures, which would be devastating for the local economy.

“It’s far better that we unite and get behind this and do everything we can – individually and collectively – to bring the rate of infection down. The basic message remains unchanged from last week: Hands, Face, Space – Keep Mansfield safe.”

Nottinghamshire now has an infection rate of 193 per 100,000 people over the seven days to 10 October. In Nottingham the number of cases is even higher and places the city as the highest for infection rates in the UK.

Public health leaders believe the rising level of infections is due to community transmission across age groups.

Details of what the new restrictions mean, according to Mansfield District Council:

Social Contact

Only between household/bubble indoors. Existing rule of six applies outdoors.

Weddings and Funerals

Up to 15 guests for weddings and up to 30 guests for funerals. 15 for receptions, wakes and related ceremonies.

Overnight Stays

Overnight stays permitted subject to social contact rules.

Working from home guidance

Work from home where possible.

Shopping and Retail

Open.

Leisure and gyms

Open.

Hospitality

Open with some restrictions including 10pm closing time and table-service only.

Entertainment and tourist attractions

Open, except nightclubs and adult entertainment.

Education

Schools, FE colleges open. Universities must reflect wider restrictions.

Healthcare Services

Open.

Residential Care

Closed to external visitors other than in exceptional circumstances.

Travel and Transport

May continue to travel to open venues, but reduce number of journeys where possible. Avoid travel into Local COVID Alert Level Very High areas where possible.

Sporting Activity

Organised sport / licensed physical activity allowed in outdoor settings. Indoor organised sport must follow social contact rules (other than youth or disabled sport).

Worship

Open, subject to social contact rules.

Childcare

Registered and wraparound childcare. Supervised activities permitted in private homes. Children’s groups permitted. Childcare bubbles for under 14s.

Youth Clubs and Activities

Permitted.

Full details of the new guidance and what the different alert levels mean can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-levels-what-you-need-to-know.

The alert level will reviewed on a fortnightly basis.

People with symptoms of Covid-19 should get tested as soon as possible (within the first five days of having symptoms). You can book online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling NHS 119. If you cannot get a test, or the location or time are not convenient, try again in a few hours as slots become available.

The police or the local authority can take action against those who break these rules, including asking people to disperse and issuing fixed penalty notices starting at £100. Breaches of the restrictions can be reported to police by calling 101.

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