"WE'RE PAYING THE PRICE FOR RECKLESS BEHAVIOUR"
On Sunday 1 November 2020, in an update from a report filed the previous evening, Nottingham Post's Senior Digital Reporter and Crime Correspondent, Matt Jarram, reported on the reaction of Nottinghamshire Council leaders to the announcement that the whole of England will go into lockdown on 5 November. ...
Nottinghamshire leaders on national lockdown: "We're paying the price for reckless behaviour"
Leaders react to the whole country being put into a national lockdown from Thursday
Council leaders have welcomed a national lockdown to curb the coronavirus infection rate across Nottinghamshire claiming Tier 3 didn't go far enough.
Just a day after the whole county went into Tier 3 restrictions, the government has announced the whole country will now be under lockdown.
The lockdown will be enforced from Thursday, November 5, to Wednesday, December 2.
Schools, colleges, universities and supermarkets will remain open, but non-essential businesses such as pubs, bars, restaurants, retail, cinemas, theatres and hair salons will close as a result.
Takeaways and deliveries will still be allowed and workplaces should stay open if people can't work at home. There will also be no mixing with other households indoors or in gardens.
The furlough scheme will also extend through November.
Councillor Milan Radulovic, leader of Broxtowe Borough Council, said Nottinghamshire is paying the price for the "reckless and irresponsible" behaviour of some people.
He was referring to the number of large student house parties, one attended by over 100 people in Talbot Street, as well a group mixing and chanting in St James' Street shortly before and after the 10pm pub curfew on Thursday, October 29.
He told Nottinghamshire Live: "Further action was required and we have been asking for this for weeks.
"Now we feel we are in a situation where we have to do something drastic to reduce the infection rate and to control the movement of people.
"Because of the reckless and irresponsible behaviour of some, we will have to pay for it.
"I did not think Tier 3 was strong enough.
"I believe, in my own mind, that beauty and nail salons should have stayed open and I would have closed leisure centres, cinemas and theatres.
"We were asking for further measures to be taken in Nottinghamshire weeks ago and then Tier 3 was delayed and the consequences are it has had a devastating impact on the NHS."
Councillor John Clarke, leader of Gedling Borough Council, added: "I am not surprised. It is a worry for the wellbeing of people but also for the economy.
"It will take such a hit before Christmas. I think you will see more businesses going to the wall unless there is significant help.
"I think until we get that vaccination we won't make massive inroads here."
He said the government's financial package for Tier 3, which will be used to support businesses, had not yet been handed to the council.
Hospitals in Nottinghamshire have already put emergency plans into action as coronavirus admissions continue to soar at an unprecedented rate.
A whole ward's worth of patients are now being admitted each day, according to the Director of Public Health for Nottinghamshire, and there were 49 coronavirus deaths in just seven days leading up to October 28.
The government said if no action is taken the virus will exceed the peak the country saw in the spring time.
In winter, it could be worse than the first wave, they added.
Prime Minister Boris said without action, deaths could run at several thousand a day and the NHS would have to choose between saving the lives of Covid and non-Covid patients.
The latest rolling seven-day rate of new cases of Covid-19 for every local authority area in England paints a picture of whether the virus is increasing or slowing down.
In Mansfield, there were 232 new cases in the seven days to October 19, but this has now rocketed to 412 new cases in the seven days to October 26.
The figures are based on tests carried out in laboratories and in the wider community.
Ashfield, Bassetlaw, Broxtowe, Newark and Sherwood, and Rushcliffe have also witnessed increases, but not at the same level as Mansfield.
Nottingham has seen a fall in the number of new coronavirus cases despite having the highest amount of new infections in the county.
In Nottingham, there were 1,886 new cases in the seven days to October 19, but this has now fallen to 1,463 new cases in the seven days to October 26.
Councillor Kay Cutts, leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, said: "I support this national lockdown. We appreciate Nottinghamshire was just coming to terms with Tier 3 restrictions which still apply until Thursday, November 5.
"The measures we agreed took account of the information we had about the serious impact of Covid-19 in our communities and it was clear that strong measures were needed as the government has now announced are necessary across the country.
"We will make sure our residents and businesses get access to all the support they need throughout the lockdown measures.
"The important thing now is that everyone plays their part by following the new guidance and rules in full to help us to get more control over the virus and give us all the chance of a potentially normal Christmas.
"We will also be working to make sure our extremely vulnerable people are supported and I pay tribute to all our care workers for everything they do."