Nottinghamshire moves into tier 3 restrictions.
Nottinghamshire has moved into the top tier of Covid-19 restrictions after an overall rise in infection rates.
Unlike some other tier three areas, betting shops,
saunas, tattoo parlours and nail salons must close.
Alcohol cannot be sold after 21:00 GMT in shops,
but can be sold until 22:00 if bought “in hospitality venues were accompanying a substantial meal”.
The area moves into the highest category days before West Yorkshire joins the third tier.
it will take the total number of people living in very high restrictions to just over 11 million – 19.6% of the population.
Nottinghamshire’s director of public health Jonathan Gribbin said,
the infection rate in the over 60s had been
“rising significantly” and was of “grave concern”.
413 people across the county were being treated in hospital for Covid-19.
which is 40% more than the highest figures seen during the first wave of the virus.
On Thursday evening,
young people took to the streets of Nottingham in fancy dress before the new restrictions came into force.
Youngsters were seen posing for photographs and chanting near police vehicles in Market Square.
Footage has been released of the crowds gathered the city centre just after 10pm.
Nottinghamshire County Council leader ,
Kay Cutts previously said police had asked for the ban on buying alcohol after 21:00 to stop students partying.
Gathering And Not Social Distance?
Alison Challenger, Nottingham’s director of public health, said she was “really disappointed” by the scenes.
“We’ve been working with colleagues and with stakeholders and with young people across the city
and county to try and highlight the need for young people to also play their part,”.
They also issued dispersal orders after officers were called to St James’ Street
because of people said to be gathering and not social distancing when they were leaving bars.
The restrictions came in after the second tier.