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New COVID-19 restrictions in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire

Page last updated: 19 October 2020

The Government has announced that it is introducing further restrictions in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, following a dramatic increase in positive cases of COVID-19, as well as a rise in the rate of infection.

Nottingham Community

The Government has placed Nottinghamshire in Tier Two or the High Alert category of its new three-tier local lockdown system due to a recent rise in the number of positive cases of COVID-19. This places new restrictions on how we can socialise and how businesses in our area, including pubs and restaurants, can operate.

These restrictions do not affect how you will learn, as all our facilities are COVID-19 secure, meaning face to face and online teaching will continue.


Tier Two prevents different households from mixing in private dwellings, it also means you cannot meet with anyone outside your household or support bubble in restaurants, bars or other hospitality settings.

At university, a household is a group of people living in a shared house or flat. If you are in halls, it’s the people on your corridor, who you share a kitchen and bathroom with. It doesn't include everyone in the same block.

The existing Rule of Six will continue to apply to meeting in outdoor settings such as parks and gardens.

Gyms will remain open at the City and Clifton Campus, however numbers will continue to be limited and prior online booking will still apply. The Students’ Union also remains open, which means you can still visit the Students' Union with your housemates to take part in events and activities, however to abide with restrictions they may limit capacity to some events and opening times may vary.

Travel and commuting

If you need to travel, you should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make. You should try where possible, to walk or cycle, rather than use public transport. Please ensure you wear a face covering when you use public transport and continue to socially distance – if a bus or tram is too full, please wait for the next one wherever possible.  You can also consider alternative methods, especially around the 10pm curfew, such as a FreeNow Taxi, it’s as cheap as using the tram if there are six of you. You should avoid travelling in a car with someone outside your household or support bubble, unless you can practise social distancing. You should avoid frequent travel between your permanent home and your term time address, unless they form part of your support bubble.

Students commuting to university are able to continue doing so as required, to keep up with their studies. When commuting in to Nottingham and Nottinghamshire the High Alert rules around Mixing will apply to you whilst in the County.


Government is expected to review which category areas belong to every four weeks. We will communicate any changes to you both via email and by updating these pages so please check back regularly.


We understand this is a concerning time and we would urge you to look at our online resources if you require any support.

For more information on what the new restrictions mean for Nottingham and Nottinghamshire please visit the website.

Keeping safe

If you’ve got a question or concern about your first term on campus please email Alternatively, please call +44 (0)115 848 6060 and select option 1. This line is open Monday to Friday 8.30 am – 5 pm.

Help keep yourself, your friends and your local community safe by following Government guidelines on self-isolating, social distancing, hand washing, wearing face coverings (in shops, public transport and communal areas and corridors on campus) and limiting the number of people you have contact with at any one time.

Still need help?

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