Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information and support during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Tier Three Restrictions from 2nd December

The Government has announced that following the end of national COVID-19 restrictions, a new Tier system will be introduced from 2nd December. They have also announced special arrangements for Christmas.

Broxtowe will enter 'Tier 3 Alert’ on 2nd December, along with the rest of Nottinghamshire.

National restrictions - remain in place until 2nd December

Please continue to follow national restrictions until local restrictions come into effect www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november

Local restrictions – from 2nd December

Broxtowe  and the rest of Nottinghamshire will enter Tier 3 'Very High Alert’.

In Tier 3:

  • You must not meet socially indoors or in most outdoor places with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble. This includes in any private garden or at most outdoor venues.

  • You must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in some other outdoor public spaces, including parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, a public garden, grounds of a heritage site or castle, or a sports facility – this is called the ‘rule of 6’.

  • Hospitality settings, such as bars (including shisha venues), pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed – they are permitted to continue sales by takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services.

  • Accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, and guest houses must close. There are several exemptions, such as for those who use these venues as their main residence, and those requiring the venues where it is reasonably necessary for work or education and training.

  • Indoor entertainment and tourist venues must close.

  • Indoor attractions at mostly outdoor entertainment venues must also close (indoor shops, through-ways and public toilets at such attractions can remain open).

  • Leisure and sports facilities may continue to stay open, but group exercise classes (including fitness and dance) should not go ahead. Saunas and steam rooms should close.

  • There should be no public attendance at spectator sport or indoor performances and large business events should not be taking place. Elite sport events may continue to take place without spectators.

  • Large outdoor events (performances and shows) should not take place, with the exception of drive-in events

  • Places of worship remain open, but you must not attend with or socialise with  anyone outside of your household or support bubble while you are there, unless a legal exemption applies.

  • Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions are not allowed, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, 15 people can attend linked commemorative events.

  • Organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue, however higher-risk contact activity should not take place.

  • Organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes cannot take place indoors. There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s.

  • You can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible.

  • Avoid travelling to other parts of the UK, including for overnight stays other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. You can travel through other areas as part of a longer journey.

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

Christmas restrictions – 23rd December until 27th 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


Remember: Hands, face, space

  • HANDS - wash hands regularly for at least 20 seconds

  • FACE - wear face coverings in enclosed spaces where you can’t keep your distance (unless you are exempt - view the full list of exemptions (Opens in a new window)

  • SPACE - observe social distancing of 2metres (or 1metre with additional precautions where 2m is not possible) 

Self-isolate and get a free test if you have any of these symptoms

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)

  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

  • Do not go out if you have symptoms, except to get a test. You must not visit anywhere else until you have received results to show you are negative.

Accurate advice, from accurate sources

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:


Response to COVID-19

The Government has issued a plan for the next phase of response to coronavirus, Our plan to rebuild: The UK Government's COVID-19 recovery strategy (Opens in a new window)

Locally, the Local Outbreak Control Plan sets out the arrangements for ongoing local surveillance and the actions that will be taken in response to local outbreaks should they occur.

Broxtowe Borough Council is working with partners across Nottinghamshire to respond to the pandemic as part of the Local Resilience Forum.

As well as responding to the virus, the Council has also put in place plans for the Borough's recovery. View the Council's recovery proposals (.pdf) (265kb) (Opens in a new window). 

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