In this newsletter:
- Tier 3 Restrictions – what they mean for you
- Update on LLeisure Leisure Centres
Hands, Face, Space
- Advice for those who are at high risk
- Support available
- Halloween and Bonfire Night
Tier 3 Restrictions – what they mean for you
New restrictions are in place from Friday 30 October.
The Tier 3 restrictions mean:
- People must not meet with friends and family indoors in any setting unless they are part of their household or support bubble. This includes private homes and indoors in hospitality venues, such as pubs.
- People must not meet with people outside of their household or support bubble in a private garden or in most outdoor public venues.
- People can continue to see friends and family in groups of six or less that they don’t live with (or have formed a support bubble with) in certain outdoor public spaces, such as a park or public garden.
- All pubs and bars must close unless they are serving substantial meals, such as a main lunchtime or evening meal. They can only serve alcohol as part of a meal. Pubs, bars and restaurants must still close between 10pm and 5am.
- Wedding receptions will not be permitted, but people can get married with a maximum of 15 people at the ceremony (check with the venue for additional restrictions).
- Avoid travelling outside the Very High alert area or entering a Very High alert level area, other than for work, education or for caring responsibilities, or to travel through as part of a longer journey.
- Avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK.
As well as the main Tier 3 restrictions, Council Leaders have agreed the following additional local restrictions:
- All hospitality venues (cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs) can only remain open to offer substantial meals, or must move to operate a delivery and takeaway service only. Alcohol can only be served with a substantial meal.
- The use of shared smoking equipment (such as but not limited to shisha) in hospitality venues will be prohibited.
- Alcohol sales must be prohibited after 9pm where alcohol is purchased to consume off premises, for example shops. Alcohol can continue to be purchased in hospitality venues where accompanying a substantial meal, up until 10pm.
- Indoor entertainment and tourism venues must close, except for ice skating rinks, cinemas, concert halls, and theatres. Hotels and other accommodation can stay open.
- Indoor attractions at otherwise outdoor venues must close, for example at animal attractions or landmarks.
- Saunas and steam rooms must close.
- Leisure and sporting facilities (such as leisure centres, gyms, fitness and dance studios, swimming pools and sports courts) can remain open. It is strongly advised that indoor group exercise classes (including dance and fitness classes) should not take place.
- Personal care settings such as tattoo parlours, tanning and nail salons, and piercing services must close. Hairdressers and barber salons can remain open but cannot perform services that are otherwise closed. It is advised that personal care services do not take place in private homes.
- Public buildings such as town and parish halls, community centres and libraries can remain open to run activities such as childcare and support groups. Public buildings should not host events for private hire, such as birthday parties or other social activities.
Where do the restrictions cover?
They cover everyone who lives in Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire in Gedling Borough, Broxtowe Borough, Bassetlaw District, Rushcliffe Borough, Newark and Sherwood District, and Mansfield and Ashfield District Council areas.
Why are the measures being introduced?
These measures will help to address the rise in coronavirus cases in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. We must limit contact between people from different households to stop the spread of COVID-19. This is important to reduce the pressure on the NHS and will help to save lives.
Current evidence suggests that baseline restrictions alone would be insufficient to curb the trajectory of infection in Very High Alert areas. In other words, additional restrictions are needed, and government has provided a list of those for consideration by local areas. Taken on their own each of these restrictions may only have a low to moderate impact on the transmission of the virus, but as a package of restrictions, taken together as whole, they are designed to slow the spread of COVID-19 locally. It is our shared view that any dilution of this agreed package of restrictions would mean the arrangements would have insufficient impact, and could leave Nottingham and Nottinghamshire in a worse position in the run up to Christmas.
How long will it last?
It will start from 00:01 on Friday 30 October. Restrictions will be monitored closely and reviewed in 28 days. The next steps will depend on the impact the measures have. We must all follow these new restrictions for the next 28 days to help bring the infection rates down.
Why do Nottingham and Nottinghamshire have additional measures to other areas who have already gone into Tier 3 – Very High restrictions?
It is important comparisons are not made with the other areas that have already gone into Tier 3.
All areas that need to go into Tier 3 have to introduce the same baseline restrictions. The local approach means just that, and allows local areas to introduce any additional measures believed to be the right thing to do to stop the rate and spread of infection, based on our analysis of local data. This will help to protect the NHS and will save lives.
The additional local measures we will be introducing for Nottingham and Nottinghamshire is for the next 28 days, when these restrictions expire. Ongoing monitoring will help us to understand the impact of these restrictions and inform what will need to happen 28 days on from the 30 October.
You may find these FAQs helpful – they are being reviewed regularly to ensure the advice is accurate and as clear as possible so please keep checking back on them.
Nottinghamshire County Council FAQs
You can continue to use:
- The gym, lane swimming and family bubble swims. Please continue to book your gym and swim session via online booking.
- Swimming lessons, the lesson that your child will have recently started, will remain unchanged.
- Existing swimming club activities.
- Outdoor sports facilities e.g. football and netball.
- Indoor, coached children’s activities and family bubble activities.
The above activities will continue to operate following COVID-19 secure guidelines. We appreciate your ongoing support and understanding at this time.
The following activities will not be available from Friday 30th October until further notice:
- Indoor group exercise classes.
- Adult indoor sports clubs and activities, including any activities that bring people together with others not in their household or bubble.
PLEASE NOTE THAT EXISTING BOOKINGS FOR CLASSES OR INDOOR CLUB ACTIVITIES WILL NOT BE ABLE TO TAKE PLACE ON FRIDAY 30TH OCTOBER ONWARDS.
The Leisure Centre teams are continuing to work hard to maintain the COVID-secure standards that we have been delivering with your support since we re-opened in July. We will keep reviewing these procedures and will make any changes that we believe will make things better.
If you have any concerns about using the facilities, specific activities, your membership direct debit or any group booking payment then please contact the relevant service using the email address below:
Hands, Face, Space
As well as following the new restrictions above, please also:
Remember: Hands, Face, Space
- Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds
- Wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
- Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing a face covering, or increasing ventilation indoors).
Advice for People who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable
If you’re at high risk
If you’re at high risk, the advice is that you:
- can go outside as much as you like but you should still try to keep your overall social interactions low
- can visit businesses, such as supermarkets and shops, whilst keeping 2 metres away from others wherever possible or 1 metre plus other precautions
- should continue to wash your hands carefully and more frequently than usual and maintain thorough cleaning of frequently touched areas in your home and/or workspace
Please visit www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-level-very-high#protecting-people-more-at-risk-from-coronavirus for full details, as well as what to do if you are considered extremely clinically vulnerable.
If you know a friend, family member or neighbour who has to limit contact with others or who may be struggling with their mental health, please stay in touch with them in other ways to make sure they are OK and support them.
Support to get essential supplies
If you are vulnerable and need help to get food, medicine or community support, please get in touch with the Nottinghamshire Community Support Hub www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/coronaviruscommunityhub or call 0300 500 80 80
In some circumstances, if you are required by law to self-isolate, you may be supported by a payment of £500, payable from Broxtowe Borough Council. Find out more about this scheme and other financial support at www.broxtowe.gov.uk/testandtracepayment or call 0115 917 7777
The impact of the pandemic on you and your loved ones and not being able to enjoy all of the activities you would normally be involved in can all have an impact on your health. It is important to remember to look after yourself. Useful resources to support you, your family and friends can be found at www.broxtowe.gov.uk/wellbeing or call the Nottinghamshire Mental Health Helpline between 9.00am and 1.00pm, seven days a week on 0300 555 0730
Accessing NHS services
If you have symptoms or a health concern you are worried about, please contact your GP practice. GP practices are still open and here for you. When you call your practice, you may be offered a consultation online or over the phone. If they feel they need to see you in person, they will invite you in for a face to face appointment. Read more for guidance at https://nottsccg.nhs.uk/covid-19/gp-appointment-guidance/
Support for businesses
Things are really tough for our local businesses right now so they need our support more than ever. Research shows that £10 spent with a local independent shop means up to £50 goes back into the local economy so please shop locally whenever you can.
A range of financial support is available for businesses at www.broxtowe.gov.uk/businesscovid19, along with advice on what businesses are required to do under the new restrictions. We also have COVID-19 Information Officers and Marshals out and about in the Borough and able to speak to businesses one to one or you can call our Economic Development Team on 0115 917 7777.
There will be lots of speculation and rumour so it’s important to be aware of false information:
- Consider the source – where did you receive the information from?
- Cross check – are other reliable platforms sharing the same information?
Follow accurate advice, from accurate sources:
A new hotline has been launched to stop fraudsters illegally targeting COVID stimulus schemes. Call the COVID Fraud Hotline (0800 587 5030) anonymously and free of charge to report suspected fraudulent activity.
As Broxtowe and Nottinghamshire are all now in Tier 3, support is still available through the Nottinghamshire Coronavirus Community Support Hub.
You can request support with:
- Access to food delivery
- Access to food supply
- Accessing medicine
- Dog walking
- Befriending/social wellbeing
- Physical wellbeing
Halloween and Bonfire Night
As we head into Tier 3 today, we want to make sure that our residents have a safe Halloween this weekend.
We’re asking residents to do the right thing, to protect our community by not going trick or treating or knocking on doors.
You can still celebrate at home and we have some great ideas for you to do this weekend on our website at www.broxtowe.gov.uk/halloween
As we head towards Bonfire Night, it’s important that any festivities follow the COVID-19 restrictions which are in place locally and nationally.
It’s also important that we think about the impact of fireworks on our more vulnerable residents and those with mental health conditions, as well as pets and animals.
With the cancellation of all of the organised bonfire and firework events, you may be considering organising one of your own.
Here is a reminder of what you can and cannot do under COVID-19 and how you can make sure your celebrations are safe and considerate to others.
What you cannot do:
- You must not meet with anybody outside your household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place.
- You must not meet in a group of more than six outside, including in a garden or other space. This limit of six includes children of any age (View exemptions to the rule of six (Opens in a new window).
- You must not meet with people outside of your household or support bubble in a private garden or in most outdoor public venues.
- Meeting in larger groups is against the law. There are certain exceptions. The police can take action against you if you meet in larger groups. This includes breaking up illegal gatherings and issuing fines (fixed penalty notices).
We are urging Broxtowe residents to honour fallen soldiers from home, as part of Remembrance 2020.
The pandemic has impacted on event programmes around the world and this year’s Remembrance Services are no exception.
Broxtowe is in a VERY HIGH ALERT area and this means:
- Remembrance parades cannot go ahead
- The number of people allowed to take part in wreath laying ceremonies is restricted to six people and will be part of private ceremonies.
- Residents are urged not to gather at war memorials at 11.00am and are asked to participate in the act of Remembrance from home.
Rest assured, measures in place to enable this to take place including:
- Live streaming the event for residents to take part from home
- Those wishing to lay a wreath will be able to do so at different times throughout the weekend, provided that COVID-19 guidance is followed at all times.
We’re asking residents to take part in Remembrance at home, in these three ways:
- Watch our live streaming of the Remembrance ceremony at home – the Council will be live streaming the Remembrance wreath laying ceremony from 10.55am. Here’s the link you will need to watch live on the day http://ow.ly/qf2250C6mYM
- Take part in the two-minute silence at your doorsteps – stand on your doorsteps to take part in the two-minute silence at 11.00am on 11 November. Take a photo and share your photos with us on Facebook and Twitter and using #BroxtoweRemembrance
- Take Part in the Legion’s 2020 Poppy Appeal online – you can get involved by downloading and colouring in a Remembrance Poppy to display in their window as a show of support. Visit https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/
Book of Remembrance
Leave a message on our online Remembrance reflection book to give thanks to all who served and died for our country and honour those veterans and actively serving members of the armed services www.broxtowe.gov.uk/bookofremembrance2020
Staying up to date
The easiest way to stay up to date is by checking our dedicated Coronavirus webpages.
They contain useful information on:
We also share daily updates on our social media accounts and will be sending you this email bulletin every Friday.
Please share the information in this email bulletin with friends, family, neighbours and colleagues to help us pass on these important messages, particularly if they’re not online.
Please also encourage anyone who isn’t already subscribed to this Email Me Service to sign up at www.broxtowe.gov.uk/emailme so they can receive these updates.
Find the latest guidance from the Government website.