In the next few months restrictions will start to be eased across the UK. Not only will it mean lockdown will be lifted, but it will lift the happiness of our businesses, communities and people. Find out more about the lifting lockdown roadmap and what it means for you here.
09 April 2021
From 12 April, Lockdown restrictions will be easing further. In addition to the rule of 6 (or 2 households) mixing outdoors we will once again be able to enjoy more activities.
Outdoor attractions such as zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas will be able to open again. We will also be able to get some retail therapy as all shops will be able to open again as will personal care businesses.
From 12 April Active4Today facilities will start to re-open. This includes the Blidworth, Dukeries, Newark and Southwell leisure centres. At Newark the asymptomatic testing centre will still be available alongside the sports facilities, though steps will be taken to ensure that both areas remain COVID secure.
For full details of which facilities will be available, take a look at the Active4Today website.
Keeping on track
It is now as important as ever to keep to the rules, Hands, Face, Space and Air, also keep travel to a minimum and stay local when you do go out for exercise.
You can mix with up to 6 people or one other household as long as it is outdoors. You should still not mix indoors.
You should also use the NHS COVID-19 app to allow you to check in to venues quickly and easily. The app can then let you know if you have come into contact with someone who later tests positive.
Make COVID-19 testing part of your weekly routine
As social contact increases, the need for testing becomes more important. Build it into your weekly routine. Asymptomatic testing, if you aren’t showing symptoms, will help catch cases early and stop any increase in cases across our district. Find out about community testing in Newark here.
Anyone over the age of 18 can now also get home testing kits. These can be collected at any of our community testing sites or by ordering them online.
We now have 2 mobile sites, Forest Road car park in Ollerton and, from Thursday 15 April, the Leisure Centre, Nottingham Road Southwell. Both are open Monday and Thursday every week, 10 am to 5:30pm.
The Sports and Fitness centre will be offering asymptomatic tests through April. As the centre opens up, procedures have been put in place to ensure that the area is completely self-contained with a separate entrance and exit point. We would like to reassure the public that there will be no cross-over of users between those customers using the leisure centre facilities and those being tested.
If you’re not sure what to expect, watch our video to see exactly what’s involved in the asymptomatic test.
If you show symptoms, self-isolate, call 119 and get a symptomatic test booked. Find out what you should do and how to book a symptomatic test, here.
Alongside regular testing for the virus, vaccination is an important part of the Government’s plans to ease restrictions. Quite simply, if you are called for a vaccine, make an appointment.
If you are clinically vulnerable or aged 50 or over and you haven’t had your first dose of vaccine, go to the NHS COVID-19 vaccination hub, to book your vaccine appointment. Or you can call 0115 883 4640.
The data is emerging that the vaccines are proving effective at reducing hospitalisations. With around 32 million people in the UK already having received their first dose of vaccine and over 5.5 million receiving their second dose, vaccination is an essential part of the roadmap out of lockdown.
What are the next steps?
Step 3 is pencilled in for 17 May, this date may still be pushed back and depends entirely on the data. If we don’t stick to the ‘Two Households’ and ‘Rule of 6’ restrictions on outdoor gatherings this date could move back. This is why it is so important to stick to the guidance and start making regular asymptomatic testing part of our weekly routine.
For more information on the Government roadmap, visit the .gov.uk website.
Car sharing is not encouraged at the moment. With the Kent virus being the dominant strain in Newark and Sherwood, it is more highly transmissible than other strains.
So in an enclosed environment, such as a car, you are much more likely to spread the virus amongst your colleagues and potentially bring it into your household.
Government guidance on car sharing can be found here.
How we can all help
- Get tested regularly at one of our community testing sites or take up the home testing kits for all over 18s.
- Hands, Face, Space, Air. Wash your hands regularly, wear a face covering and stay at least 2 metres apart.
- Download the NHS COVID-19 app, search for “NHS COVID-19” in the App Store or Google Play Store on your phone.
- As we move out of lockdown, stick to the rules. From 29 March keep travel to a minimum and stay local.
- If you’re aged 50 or over or clinically vulnerable, and you haven’t had your first dose of vaccine, book an appointment.
- Make sure you get your second dose of vaccine when you need to.
Local COVID-19 data
Stay up to date with the latest COVID-19 figures in the area with this new dashboard. Updated daily at approximately 12pm, it shows the number of COVID-19 cases in Newark and Sherwood, and the wider district of Nottinghamshire.