Message from Nottinghamshire’s Director of Public Health, Jonathan Gribbin

20 August 2020

Director of Public Health issues reminder that everyone has a part to play in stopping the spread of Coronavirus in Newark


Nottinghamshire’s Director of Public Health, Jonathan Gribbin, is today calling for all businesses to continue to promote and encourage the mandatory use of face coverings alongside other routine social distancing across indoor settings as defined by the Government. Customers are urged to assist businesses to uphold these requirements.

The list of premises where individuals are required to wear face coverings when indoors, unless exempt, include those in the following sectors:

  • supermarkets, shops, shopping centres, and other retail premises which offer goods or services for sale or hire
  • tourism and leisure, including hotels, museums, cinemas, indoor zoos and theme parks
  • close contact services, including hairdressers and barbershops
  • community centres, youth centres, social clubs and libraries
  • places of worship
  • premises providing professional, legal or financial services, such as post offices and banks

Face coverings are not required in restaurants with table service, bars, and pubs. If other indoor premises have a café or seating area for you to eat and drink, then you can remove your face covering in this area only.

A full list of premises are listed on the Government’s website. Face coverings should also be worn on public transport and when visiting hospitals.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads by droplets from coughs, sneezes and speaking. Scientific evidence states that, when used correctly, wearing a face covering may reduce the spread of Coronavirus droplets in certain circumstances, helping to protect others.

Since face coverings are mainly intended to protect others, not the wearer, from Coronavirus they are not a replacement for social distancing and regular hand washing. When combined, these three guidelines are the best way at preventing the transmission of the virus.

 The County Council is also taking this opportunity to remind all individuals to follow all Government advice, including:

Jonathan Gribbin, Director of Public Health for Nottinghamshire, said: “I wish to acknowledge the hard work of local businesses to make arrangements to keep their customers and communities safe. As part of this it is important that everyone follows the Government guidance, including wearing face coverings, where required. I want to encourage business owners to ensure they have arrangements to uphold this. As customers, every one of us can help our local businesses by using face coverings where they are required, and by giving full and accurate contact details when requested. This must become a routine part of life for all of us.”

The police can take measures if members of the public do not comply with the law on face coverings without a valid exemption and transport operators can deny access to their public transport services if a passenger is not wearing a face covering, or direct them to wear one or leave a service.

Jonathan continues: “We have also been made aware that individuals are not always being asked to leave their details for the NHS Test and Trace service.  For this scheme to be wholly effective, every party member must leave their contact details, as it is less effective if just one person leaves their information.” 

In Newark, officers from Newark and Sherwood District Council have been visiting, and will continue to visit, local hospitality providers to ensure that these businesses are comfortable and fully briefed on how to record this data and share it when required.

If you have recently developed any of the following symptoms, including a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of smell or taste then you and your household must isolate at home and apply for a free test. 

Currently there is a mobile testing unit located at Newark’s Lorry Park. To make an appointment, call 119 or visit

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