Make your New Year’s resolution to protect yourself, your family and your friends

Health chiefs are calling for people to make their New Year’s resolution ‘protect yourself, family and friends’ in Tier 4.

By Dale Spridgeon
Wednesday, 30th December 2020, 5:09 pm
Updated Wednesday, 30th December 2020, 5:41 pm

Anyone living in Nottingham or Nottinghamshire is subject to the new rules which will be reviewed on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.

From 1am, on Thursday December 31, you cannot leave or be outside where you live, unless you have a reasonable excuse.

You cannot meet other people indoors, including over the New Year period, unless you live with them, or they are part of your support bubble. Outdoors, you can only meet one person from another household.

Jonathan Gribbin - Dircetor of Nottinghamshire Public Health

You can leave home to buy things at shops or obtain services from a business which is permitted to open in your Tier 4 area. Parents can take children to school, and people can continue existing arrangements for contact between parents and children where they live apart, includeing childcare bubbles.

Dawn Jenkin, Public Health Consultant at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “The Christmas Bubble arrangements only applied on Christmas Day so you must only spend New Year at home with your own household or bubble.

"The rates of infection in our communities across the county continue to grow at a concerning rate. The impact this is having on our hospitals and the rate of infection in those aged over 60 are some of the key factors which determine how the government decides what tier.

“We appreciate how hard the new restrictions will be for many but what is important now is that we all observe the new regulations in place, understand what they mean and explain the rules.

“Whilst it is really positive news that the vaccine is starting to roll out across the county it will be a while before it has the desired impact on infection rates, so now is not the time to let our guard down.

"Around one in three with coronavirus have no symptoms and could spread it without realising it. To help us overcome the virus continue to follow the rules Hands, Face, Space.

“Make your New Year’s Resolution to protect yourself, your family and friends by sticking to these simple rules. If you develop any symptoms self-isolate and get a test as soon as possible. It is these actions by each of us that will stop the spread of the virus.”

See https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-4-stay-at-home a message from Jonathan Gribbin, Director of Public Health for Nottinghamshire is at: https://youtu.be/ZOimS8aVGRY