The leader of Nottingham City Council, Cllr David Mellen sends this message to communities ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend.
Cllr Mellen said:
“The rare treat of a fair weather Bank Holiday and half-term school holiday beckons, bringing with it chances to meet up with loved ones and visit places that have long been off limits.
“It’s great that through our collective efforts we are now able to open the city back up.
“Decent weather should allow us to meet outside and where that’s possible it’s still preferable, in order to keep Covid-19 at bay.
“While our rates are currently below the national average in Nottingham, we know how quickly that can change and so we can’t afford to become complacent and risk going backwards, especially now that most local cases are the variant that originated in India which is more transmissible.
“Our defences against this variant are the same – hand washing, face coverings, social distancing and fresh air – and we should all remember to observe these. People without symptoms should take twice-weekly lateral flow tests and those with symptoms should take the PCR tests – and self-isolate if they test positive.
“But the main action anyone can take, if they haven’t already, is to get vaccinated. Anyone over the age of 30 is now eligible and those over 40 can simply turn up to any vaccination centre. A vaccination bus continues to tour parts of the city where take-up has been low. There are plenty of appointments and plenty of vaccine so I would urge anyone who is eligible to take the opportunity as soon as they can. Every vaccine gives us hope and another step towards normality.”