Amber Valley will move into tier two (high risk) of COVID-19 restrictions following an increase in infection rates. The new measures come into effect from 00.01 on Saturday 31 October.
The government has announced a support scheme for affected businesses but we are yet to receive details for Amber Valley, as soon as we are made aware we will post an update.
The main change for residents will be that they must not socialise with anyone not in their own household or support bubble indoors both at home or in a public place and must not socialise outdoors including in a garden or other spaces including parks in a group of more than six, except where exemptions are in place.
Leader of Amber Valley Borough Council, Councillor Chris Emmas-Williams, said "Nobody wants to see stricter lockdown measures brought in locally, but the health and safety of our communities, particularly our most vulnerable, must be our priority.
"We understand that this is a concerning time for our residents, and our business community. But local infection rates are too high and are rising so it is critical that we act now to help stop the spread, and I would appeal to everyone to play their part.
People are also asked to reduce the number of journeys they make, walk or cycle where possible and to plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport.
People must continue to wear a face covering in designated areas unless exemptions are in place, follow social distancing rules and continue to work from home where possible.
Pubs and restaurants must continue to close at 10pm. Other premises such as drive-throughs or take-aways will be able to serve food after this time.
Schools, colleges and places of worship will remain open and weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees.
Exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors; these will only be permitted indoors if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with or share a support bubble with. This includes, but is not restricted to, the following sports:
There are exceptions for supervised activities for under-18s, and disability sport.
For the council’s three leisure centres at Alfreton, Heanor and Ripley, although there are restrictions on social sports, all other available activities will continue as normal.
Residents should also be aware that the whole of Nottinghamshire is now in Tier 3 (Very High Alert Level) and different rules apply there.
More information is available on the gov.uk website at www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-levels-what-you-need-to-know.
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