Newark and Sherwood is removed from the Government ‘watch list’

4 September 2020

Newark and Sherwood District Council Leader, Councillor David Lloyd, has thanked local residents and businesses after it was today announced that Newark and Sherwood has been taken off the Government’s ‘watch list’ of areas of concern for covid-19 (coronavirus) cases.

He warned, however, that the community must continue to take sensible precautions to avoid any future increase in local cases.

Councillor Lloyd commented: “Well done everyone. It is thanks to the efforts of our local businesses and local residents in taking extra precautions to follow the guidance that the rate of Coronavirus infections has fallen and a local lockdown has been prevented.

“However, we must not become complacent and we must remain vigilant. The messaging remains the same - we must still wash our hands frequently, maintain social distancing and follow guidance on car sharing and mixing with other households.”

Newark and Sherwood was placed on the Government’s watch list on 13 August and to help reduce the transmission, Newark and Sherwood District Council has continued to promote the latest Government guidance and messages from Public Health Nottinghamshire to local residents and businesses.

Council officers have been patrolling the district, visiting local businesses to ensure they remain Covid-secure and distributing posters to re-iterate the guidelines for visitors and residents. Representatives from neighbouring local authorities have also joined the Council in providing this support.

“We have been doing everything we can to support local shops, pubs, restaurants and services in ensuring they can keep their customers and staff safe during this period. It has been so encouraging to see everyone playing their part,” Councillor Lloyd continued. “We must support our local economy by visiting our town centres and local shops and businesses and they are doing everything they can to ensure everyone is safe.”

The Council has also provided support to the NHS Track and Trace service, ensuring local knowledge is used to help trace contacts of those who have tested positive.

To find out more, watch Councillor David Lloyd thanking residents and businesses in the video here: https://youtu.be/-JY2-BQIevo.

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