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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

From 17 May, some of the rules on what you can and cannot do have changed:

  • Gathering limits will be eased. Outdoor gatherings will be limited to 30 people and indoor gatherings will be limited to 6 people or 2 households (each household can include a support bubble, if eligible).
  • New guidance on meeting friends and family will emphasise personal responsibility rather than government rules. Instead of instructing you to stay 2m apart from anyone you don’t live with, you will be encouraged to exercise caution and consider the guidance on risks associated with COVID-19 and actions you can take to help keep you and your loved ones safe.
  • Indoor entertainment and attractions such as cinemas, theatres, concert halls, bowling alleys, casinos, amusement arcades, museums and children’s indoor play areas will be permitted to open with COVID-secure measures in place.
  • People will be able to attend indoor and outdoor events, including live performances, sporting events and business events. Attendance at these events will be capped according to venue type, and attendees should follow the COVID-secure measures set out by those venues.
  • Indoor hospitality venues such as restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes can reopen.
  • Organised indoor sport will be able to take place for all (this includes gym classes).
  • All holiday accommodation will be open (including hotels and B&Bs). This can be used by groups of up to 6 or 2 households (each household can include a support bubble, if eligible).
  • Funeral attendance will no longer be limited to 30 people, but will be determined by how many people the COVID-secure venue can safely accommodate with social distancing. Limits at weddings, wakes and other commemorative events will be increased to 30 people. Other significant life events, such as bar/bat mitzvahs and christenings, will also be able to take place with 30 people.
  • There will no longer be a legal restriction or permitted reason required to travel internationally. There will be a traffic light system for international travel, and you must follow the rules when returning to England depending on whether you return from a red, amber or green list country.

Support for businesses

Ashfield businesses and self-employed people can get Coronavirus (COVID-19) support as well as advice to help keep your business and employees safe. You can find more on our support for business page

Ashfield Community Hub

Nottinghamshire County Council is co-ordinating efforts across the city and county to link those who need help with organisations which can support them. 

If you are staying at home because you or someone in your house has coronavirus symptoms and need urgent help telephone 0300 500 8080 between 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday for guidance and support. 

Get more advice and help through the Nottinghamshire County Council coronavirus community support hub

What to do if you have symptoms

The most important symptoms of coronavirus are recent onset of any of the following: 

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia). 

For most people coronavirus will be a mild illness. 

Self-isolation and contact with others

If you have any symptoms you must stay at home and isolate for 10 days. 

Anyone you live with must stay at home and isolate for 10 days after you get ill, even if they stay well. If they become ill they must isolate for 10 days from that point regardless of when their 10 days isolation started.

You should consider letting anyone you had close contact with in the 48 hours before you became ill know you have symptoms. 

There is more information on self-isolation on the NHS website. 

Arranging a coronavirus test

While self-isolating at home you should arrange for a test to check if you have the virus. You can arrange a Coronavirus test  through the NHS website. 

Number of cases

The Department for Health and Social Care publishes daily statistics on the number of cases in the UK