People in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire will be placed under Tier two Covid restrictions.
The city and county will be placed under Tier 2 – the High Risk category, MPs have been told this afternoon (Monday, October 12).
It is expected to mean people will not be allowed to mix in each others’ households, but hospitality businesses are expected to avoid forced closures.
The full details of what this will entail are expected to be announced later today by the Prime Minister.
It means the city – which has the highest rates in the country – will have the same restrictions as Bassetlaw and Mansfield, which have significantly lower rates.
It is understood part of the reason Nottingham was not placed in tier three was because the infection is currently predominantly among younger people, and is yet to cause a significant spike in people aged 60 and over, who are more at risk from the virus.
It comes after an increase of 353 positive tests in 24 hours, by far the most in the county.
As of Sunday October 11, there have been a total of 5,658 cases throughout the pandemic in Nottingham, according to the Government’s data.
The city is currently in the national spotlight after data revealed the city has seen the highest weekly rate of new Covid-19 cases in England.