On 12 April, Mansfield re-opened under the Government’s Step Two restrictions to welcome back customers to retail, hospitality and close contact services.
On the first day of trading more than 15,000 people visited Mansfield town centre which is an increase of 244% based on the previous week.
Mansfield District Council has COVID Marshalls and Neighbourhood Wardens deployed in the Town Centre, parks and high footfall areas to ensure that businesses and members of the public are complying with the government guidelines.
Environmental Health Officers are investigating outbreaks, giving advice, undertaking checks and enforcing where necessary and working with HSE to carryout spot checks on priority businesses.
The council continues to communicate key COVID-19 messages and encourages those living, working and visiting Mansfield to fully comply with the latest government guidance on stopping the spread.
Mike Robinson, Strategic Director said:
“As lockdown is lifted and step two restrictions are introduced nationally, it is vitally important that we continue to follow the government guidelines on social distancing, hands face space and rule of six or two households mixing outdoors. We must all work together to help keep Mansfield safe whilst encouraging people to shop locally and support the economy.
“Local businesses are working hard to welcome back customers in a COVID-secure way, through pre-booking, checking in on the NHS app and requesting that guidelines are adhered to. It’s been a huge effort undertaken by the town centre operators and we thank them for their continued support.
“Regular lateral flow testing is available in Mansfield at the Palace Theatre and Mansfield Town Football Club and we encourage anyone living and working in Mansfield to take a test, ideally twice a week. If you are shopping in Mansfield you can call in for a test with no appointment needed.
“If you are feeling unwell and displaying any of the common coronavirus symptoms please stay at home, self-isolate and take a PCR test.”
A large percentage of schools in Mansfield are actively taking part in regular lateral flow testing and providing students with kits to take home. This is helping to identify asymptomatic cases and allowing for action to be taken to stop the further spread of the virus in our community.”