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Tier 3 Restrictions
This week has seen Broxtowe enter Tier 3. Although there are restrictions in place, here’s some of the things you can do in the current tier:
- Visit our parks and open spaces to get some fresh air and exercise
- Visit the hairdressers or barbers
- Visit a beauty salon
- Support local small retail businesses
- Meet up in a group of six and as the rule of six applies in outdoor settings such as parks and public gardens
- Take part in organised adult sport outdoors
- Go to the gym
- Visit your local library
Although we can now do a little more than when we were in lockdown, we all still need to help reduce the spread of coronavirus in our community. So please remember when out and about the below must still be followed.
Across all tiers, everyone:
must wear a face covering in most indoor public settings, unless they have an exemption
should follow the rules on meeting others safely
should attend school or college as normal, unless they are self-isolating. Schools, universities, colleges and early years settings remain open in all tiers
should walk or cycle where possible, plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes when travelling
must follow the gathering limits at their tier except for in specific settings and circumstances. These exemptions are detailed at the end of this guidance
Full details on what you can and cannot do under Tier 3 can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/local-restriction-tiers-what-you-need-to-know
Vitamin D To Be Offered To Vulnerable People
Free vitamin D supplements will be offered to 2.7 million vulnerable people this winter. This will help support general health including bone and muscle health, for people who have been spending more time indoors than usual.
Guidance On Moving Home During The Coronavirus Outbreak
The Government has updated guidance for people moving house in England, whether as owner-occupiers or as private or social renters, in line with the local restriction tier system that is now in place.
The Government has now outlined measures for safe Christmas journeys between 23 and 27 December.
- Transport Secretary announces 778 of miles of roadworks cleared
- rail upgrades postponed enabling extra services with over 95% of the rail network unaffected by engineering works
- longer trains and extra services added alongside waiving of admin fees to change advance rail tickets
- passengers urged to plan carefully, book ahead and follow guidance if they decide to travel
Christmas Restrictions 23 – 27 December
Between 23rd December and 27th December, restrictions will be eased to allow up to three households to form a ‘Christmas bubble.’
- you can form an exclusive ‘Christmas bubble’ composed of people from no more than three households
- you can only be in one Christmas bubble
- you cannot change your Christmas bubble
- you can travel between tiers and UK nations for the purposes of meeting your Christmas bubble
- you can only meet your Christmas bubble in private homes or in your garden, places of worship, or public outdoor spaces
- you can continue to meet people who are not in your Christmas bubble outside your home according to the rules in the tier where you are staying
- you cannot meet someone in a private dwelling who is not part of your household or Christmas bubble
- you should travel to meet those in your Christmas bubble and return home between the 23 and 27 December.
You can spread coronavirus to others even if you and the people you meet have no symptoms. You and the other people in your Christmas bubble need to consider these risks carefully before agreeing to form a bubble.
Full details can be found at www.gov.uk/government/publications/making-a-christmas-bubble-with-friends-and-family/making-a-christmas-bubble-with-friends-and-family
Everyone needs to get a test?
Only get a test if you have symptoms of COVID-19, have dialled 111 and have been told to get a test. You must self-isolate whilst awaiting results and continue to follow lockdown rules even if results come back negative. Even if you don’t have it, you could still catch it and/or spread it to others.
Christmas Fairs set to take place on 12th and 19th December
Broxtowe’s town centres have now been decorated with festive lights. Soon, the scent of roasted chestnuts and hot chocolate will fill the air as two Christmas Fairs take place in Broxtowe this December.
Visit Beeston Square on the 12th December and Walter Parker VC Square in Stapleford on the 19th December and you will be able to browse a selection of stalls selling jewellery, leather ware, ornamental models, gifts for your pets and craft items.
Nottinghamshire County Council joins with NEP and E.ON to launch Green Homes Grant Nottinghamshire
Through this project, Nottinghamshire residents who:
- Are a homeowner or landlord*, and
- Have a combined gross household income of under £30,000, and
- Have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) of D,E,F or G
could be eligible for a range of free home improvement vouchers.
Merry Christmas from Broxtowe! Our Christmas lights are officially on. Please share you photos with us on Facebook or Twitter and we’ll share them!
Have you spotted our White Ribbon Christmas lights? From the North to the South of the Borough, we show our support and advocate for the White Ribbon Campaign.
Small Business Saturday
Saturday 5th December is Small Business Saturday. With local retail and personal care businesses reopened, this is a perfect time to support them ahead of Christmas. Pick up some fantastic items and use some great services, in your Town Centre this December.
Celebrating Hanukkah Safely
Jewish festival of lights, Hanukkah, starts the evening of the 10th December this year and finishes in the evening of the 18th December.
Celebrating may not be exactly the same as in previous years so if you do celebrate, please check our website for advice on how to mark this time, safely.
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/
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.
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Find the latest guidance from the Government website.