Thursday 9 December 2021
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Coronavirus: Newark and Sherwood to remain on government watchlist

Following a meeting of the government’s Local Action Committee on Thursday, it was decided that Newark and Sherwood will remain on the government’s watchlist of areas of concern, for at least the next week.

The number of cases has fallen in the last few days but this will need to be sustained and strengthened to reach the point where Newark is no longer an area of concern

Residents and local businesses have been working hard, in partnership with the district council and public health colleagues, to make sure that their families, businesses, employees and customers follow the appropriate guidance to keep everyone safe.

Jonathan Gribbin, Director of Public Health at Nottinghamshire County Council said:

“Newark residents have been playing their part, and now we are seeing the number of cases starting to come down. I also want to acknowledge the hard work and discipline of Newark businesses in ensuring that they rigorously adhere to all of the guidance to keep their premises, staff and customers safe. It hasn’t always been easy to apply these measures, but I wish to thank all those who have risen to this challenge.

“Making sure that the figures continue to fall and remain low requires everyone to follow all of the guidance, now and in the weeks ahead. Until we have an effective vaccine, that is what we have to do to keep our schools and businesses open. To continue to reduce the figures and stop the spread, everyone needs to follow the guidance fully, by:

– only socialising in any indoor setting with one other household at any one time and, even then, observing social distancing
– only meeting in a group of up to six people from different households in any outdoor setting
– wearing a face-covering where required, unless you are exempt
– washing your hands frequently
– providing full and accurate details of everyone in your group when visiting a café, pub or restaurant as part of the NHS Test and Trace service
– sticking to the guidelines around car sharing
– self-isolating immediately if symptoms appear and booking a free test by calling 119 or visiting