The whole of Nottinghamshire is to enter the “very high” tier 3 lockdown which is the highest restrictions currently in place across England.
From one-minute past midnight on Friday the entire county will be in the tier 3 lockdown which will see pubs and bars being ordered to close as the second wave takes pace.
Under the tier 3 restriction there will be no mixing of households indoors and outdoors, including in private gardens.
Non-essential shops, schools and universities will remain open, although some universities are teaching online.
Restaurants, and pubs that can operate as restaurants, will be allowed to stay open, and wedding receptions will be banned.
Local MPs will be allowed to decide if gyms, betting shops, casinos, hairdressers and beauty salons should remain open or close, and people are told to avoid all non-essential travel
People are advised not to travel outside their area, and you are not allowed to stay overnight in another part of the UK if resident in a Tier 3 area.
A financial support package for affected businesses will be agreed with the government and will be put in place.
Nottingham South MP Lilian Greenwood said the full announcement of the tier 3 restrictions in the city had been delayed as ministers wanedt to extend the restrictions further afield.
Greenwood said, “Yesterday we were told that we’re going into Tier 3 on Thursday.
“Now we hear the announcement has been delayed because ministers want to extend Tier 3 to all of Nottinghamshire – as I and others have been saying for days.
“Once again this government are dithering and delaying – and our constituents, our hospitals and local businesses in our city are paying the price.”
Scientists are saying we need a national lockdown and have been urging this for weeks, but Johnson has refused to do this for the sake of the economy.
The governments scientific advisors SAGE are warning Downing Street that by December, coronavirus rates will surpass the levels seen in the North across the whole of England.
By Christmas the whole of England could be under strict tier 3 measures, as government modelling by scientists shows that over 25,000 people will be in hospital by the end of November.