Mansfield MP continuing to press for looser restrictions in town
Mansfield’s MP Ben Bradley says he has continued to push for the town to receive looser restrictions than Nottingham when the government announces changes today.
The town’s rate per 100,000 people is significantly lower than rates seen in Nottingham, Broxtowe, Rushcliffe and Gedling, recording around 72 cases per 100,000 people.
For contrast, Nottingham city’s rate is more than 800 per 100,000.
Mr Bradley says he has been speaking with health officials over the weekend to press for this, and says that he hopes it “pays off”.
He said: “We’re obviously expecting news about the new three-tier plans for managing Covid restrictions and who will be in each level.
“It seems likely that Level 1 will be national rules as we have now, Level 2 will include new rules about mixing socially with other households and Level 3 will be stricter measures, including closing some businesses (with additional support that was announced last week by the Chancellor).
“Locally, Nottingham’s figures are the highest in the country and it is inevitable that Nottingham and the Greater Nottingham area will go in to one of the higher tiers.
“I’ve spent the last four days trying to make the case to officials and decision makers both locally and nationally that Mansfield’s figures are nowhere near the scale of Nottingham City.
“Today we are 72 per 100,000 compared to the city on more than 800 per 100,00 – and so we should not be included in the same tier of restrictions as them.
“I’ve done everything in my power to try and make that case, so I hope it pays off.”