Shoppers getting in their last minute buys before the country goes into a second lockdown have reacted to the news.
Just a day after the whole county went into Tier 3 restrictions, the Government announced the whole country will now be under lockdown 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, gyms, and hair salons will close.
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.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said action needs to be taken now to stop the NHS being crippled by the coronavirus and to save Christmas.
Nottingham’s city centre was fairly busy on Sunday, November 1, as shoppers came out to visit stores before the area falls under lockdown for a second time.
Ann Zanjani, 59, of Carlton, said: “It has got to be done. We are just leading into winter so before the flu virus hits and all the ailments that winter brings it is good to get this under control.
“I think all the evidence was going against him (Boris Johnson) so he had to go for a lockdown.
“The harder the lockdown the better result we will get but I do think they will have to extend it again.
“I was expecting it to be busy today, with everyone getting their shopping now, but it isn’t.
Marie Langford, 79, from Gamston, is just hoping the country will be out of lockdown before Christmas so she can spend it with family.
She said: “It might be a good thing. We had that lockdown before and I stayed in then. I come out most days now but I think this lockdown I will stay in again.
“I hope it will be okay for Christmas but it won’t be the same. There are a lot of people with big families.
“People do as they like especially these youngsters who aren’t bothered so I don’t know if this lockdown will work.”
Nurse Jo Kearney, 47, from Mapperley, believes people have “lost momentum”.
She said: “They must have known a national lockdown would happen before we went into Tier 3, which is very unfair for businesses.
“My husband owns a gym so it is affecting him. It is the mental health that is affected by this.
“It was death by powerpoint last night on the news. I have never seen such an appalling presentation and I work in the NHS as a nurse.
“I don’t know what the right thing is. The lockdown did not work before.”
Joe Langford, 24, who works at Heart Church in the Lace Market, said it was the right time to have a national lockdown.
He said: “I completely understand it. I think the fear factor has gone down and people would not have stuck to Tier 3 measures very well.
“I think students would have still gone out, so for me I think it is a good idea.
“I think the first lockdown worked but that is when we didn’t have schools and universities open.
“I do not think it will be as effective as the first one.”
Nottingham Trent university student Gabriela Kyeremateng, 21, added: “I think it has all come unexpectedly.
“I am not from the UK and if lockdown gets extended I won’t be able to see my family in Germany. I think it is bad for people’s mental health.
“It is the best decision at the moment. I think it will work.”