As Nottinghamshire faces its first weekend under new Tier 2 restrictions, public health bosses have said the area is at a “critical level”.
Cases are increasing across all city areas as well as across the county, figures from the latest surveillance reports show.
Director of Public Health for Nottingham, Alison Challenger said in a briefing on Friday, October 16, the city had recorded 3,237 cases in the past seven days, bringing the rate to 972 per 100,000. This had fallen to 884.7 by Friday evening.
“Although over the last two days there have been indications it is slowing, which will hopefully be a continuing trend, we will have to keep an eye on it,” Ms Challenger added.
Jonathan Gribbin, director of Public Health for Nottinghamshire, said the R-rate nationally is somewhere between 1.1 and 1.5.
He added: “General community transmission rates are rising across [Nottinghamshire] including every district and in all age groups.
“The is the first weekend of being in the High Alert and also the first week of half term so we want to highlight the rules to everyone.
“No more than one household indoors, outside the rule of six applies.
“We want to reiterate the hands, face and space measures which will ultimately help us to protect communities, schools, jobs and the NHS.”
All areas of the county and city were placed under the High Alert Level, or Tier 2, on Monday, which came into force on Wednesday.
It means households cannot mix indoors, and the rule of six must be adhered to outside.
The 10pm curfew remains in place for hospitality venues.
People in the city gave their thoughts on how the new new restrictions were impacting them, with businesses saying it has proved difficult so far.
Ms Challenger added: “Nottingham is still at critical levels and cases are increasing across all city areas. These measures are crucial so we are asking people to please stick to them to bring those numbers down.
“My thanks goes to the public so far as this is an immense ask of them. But it is important and necessary to continue for sometime yet.
“I also have to thank our colleagues and the efforts from businesses, the care sector, schools – all trying to prevent the spread.”
Responding to questions about the possibility of parts of the county moving into Tier 3, both directors said the main focus had to be on current Tier 2 rules.
“There is a very key message to get across to our communities around no household mixing indoors and keeping our space,” Ms Challenger said.
“This is the area where transmission has happened the most. But we always need to see this as a continuing process.
“All of us are asking if we can do anymore.”
A meeting scheduled for Friday afternoon between Government ministers and MPs in Nottingham, potentially about new restrictions in the city, was cancelled.
No future date has been set, so for the time being Nottinghamshire remains in Tier 2 as it heads into the weekend.
Police said there will be a heavy presence across the city and towns to target large gatherings and house parties in the wake of the recent spike in coronavirus cases.
Last weekend, 10 students were issued £200 fines, and there was even a birthday party in West Bridgford and a hot tub party in Retford broken up by officers.
Mr Gribbin said: “This first weekend is a really good opportunity to underline that everyone needs to keep these rules in mind.
“I also urge people right across Nottinghamshire, if you have symptoms to call 119 and book a free test.
“This is a critical time for us as rates climb quite rapidly.
“These measures are really important. We know and appreciate that it is difficult for people, but we have to think of not only ourselves, but our communities, families and the NHS.”