Nottingham tier 3 restrictions - Everything you need to know

As of Friday 30th October, Nottingham is in tier 3 of the Governments COVID-19 restrictions. Here's what you can and can't do under the new rules.

Following close discussions with local leaders, the whole of Nottinghamshire, comprising the 9 districts of Ashfield, Bassetlaw, Broxtowe, Gedling, Mansfield, Newark and Sherwood, Nottingham and Rushcliffe, have now moved from local COVID alert level high to very high as of 00.01 on Friday 30th October.

Despite the latest restrictions, there is still plenty that you CAN do in the city centre. Shopping, dining out, ice skating and many more are included in the list of activities that can still be enjoyed safely. Browse an updated list of which businesses are open for you to visit on our helpful directory maps. Click HERE to get started.


Which businesses can you visit?

  • Retail businesses such as department stores, fashion shops, gift shops, supermarkets and banks will remain open as normal. This means you are able to shop in the city if you need to. Please remember to social distance, wear a face mask, keep left when walking and use hand gel to clean your hands when entering businesses.
  • All hospitality venues (cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs) can remain open to offer substantial meals. Alcohol can only be served with a substantial meal. This means you can still visit many of your favourite eateries with your household. 
  • Personal care businesses such as beauty studios, tattoo parlours and nail salons will be closed but may be taking appointments for a later date.
  • Hairdressers and barbers will be able to remain open so you can still book and attend appointments. 
  • Indoor entertainment businesses must close. Ice skating rinks, cinemas, concert halls and theatres can remain open; all of which we have in Nottingham city centre. 
  • Gyms, swimming pools and leisure centres will remain open. It's currently strongly advised that classes do not take place.

What counts as a substantial meal?

A substantial meal is any meal that would be your main midday or evening meal. This excludes snacks such as a sausage rolls, a piece of cake or a pork pie for example. Dishes listed on a menu under 'lunch' or 'mains' will mostly qualify as a substantial meal. 


  • People must not socialise with anyone outside of their household/support bubble. This rule applies in every indoor setting as well as private gardens and hospitality venues.
  • You can still meet other households in public parks and the countryside however your group must not exceed 6 people. 
  • You can visit pubs and restaurants that serve substantial meals with your household.
  • Avoid visiting areas outside of Nottinghamshire unless it is for education or work. 
  • Avoid staying overnight in another part of the country.



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