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Public Health boss asks visitors to test and wear masks at Nottingham’s Light Night event

Nottingham’s Public Health director is calling on visitors to one of the city’s biggest events to take a Covid test before coming out.

There will also be a mobile testing unit near Old Market Square for those wishing to take a test before exploring the two-day event.

Nottingham’s Light Night will see more than 50 light-based installations and attractions across the city on Saturday, 5 February.

Attractions will based across the city including at St Mary’s in the Lace Market, Lister Gate, Hockley, Sneinton Market, a fire display at Nottingham Castle, as well as a wall of sound, light and projection in Old Market Square.

There will also be live music.

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The event is organised by Nottingham City Council and sponsored by Nottingham Business Improvement District (BID).

The asymptomatic testing team will have a mobile unit at Light Night, both days between 10am until 9.30pm. The unit will be situated on Smithy Row.

Lucy Hubber, Public Health director for Nottingham, said at a media briefing on Friday, February 4: “We are still seeing very high case rates in the city of 812 per 100,000 people but they are steadying off from the increases we saw recently.

“Nottingham city are seeing relatively lower rates than the England rate but that does not mean to say we are in a stronger position.

“There is still a lot of people picking up Covid and potentially passing it onto people who are vulnerable.

“Wearing face coverings in indoor or crowded settings remains really important. The more of us who wear face coverings in those environments, the better protection we offer to each other.

“It’s really important to test yourself regularly, particularly if you are going to an event. If you are coming to Light Night this weekend get tested before and we have testing on site at Smithy Row on both of those evenings.”

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