The Department of Health verified that the whole of Nottinghamshire, including Worksop, Mansfield, Ashfield, Bassetlaw, Broxtowe, Gedling, Newark and Sherwood, Nottingham and Rushcliffe will move into the Tier 3 alert level this week.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “We have seen infection rates rising sharply across Nottinghamshire, and in close collaboration with local leaders we have agreed on a package of local measures to stop this virus in its tracks.
“I understand how difficult life is under these restrictions and the impact they have on families and businesses, but we never take these decisions lightly.
“I want to thank local leaders for their continued support and to extend my gratitude to the people of Nottinghamshire who have shown real resilience, consistently working together to follow the rules and help bring down rates of infection.”
Bars and pubs across the county will be forced to close unless they serve what the government deems a ‘substantial meal’, in line with the pre-existing Tier 3 measures.
Households will also be banned from mixing indoors or in private gardens and beer gardens.
The Department of Health also said it agreed further measures with local leaders, meaning all hospitality venues, including cafes and restaurants, can only remain open to offer substantial meals, or must move to operate a delivery and takeaway service only.
Betting shops, car boot sales and auction houses must close, as well as tattoo parlours, tanning and nail salons, and piercing services.
While leisure and sporting facilities, including gyms, can remain open.