It's clear that the rapid rise of cases in under 30s from a month or so ago has increasingly shifted in to older people, and the rate of infections in over 60s has doubled in Mansfield in a week.
I appreciate that many have said infections dont matter so much if people aren't getting seriously ill, so worth knowing also that hospitalisations are now higher than they were in April at the height of the pandemic, and numbers in intensive care are rising rapidly towards those levels too.
I know nobody wants more restrictions, me included, but it's become impossible to argue for us to stay out when the numbers have increasingly risen towards those in the city.
Two weeks ago we could genuinely and realistically say that there was a huge difference between us, our data and demographics etc, and the edges of the city. Rates per 100k were at 70 in Mansfield and 800 in Nottingham. Sadly we can't really say that now as the last week has seen a big spike in cases and hospitalisations, with our levels per 100k basically the same as Broxtowe on the edge of the city centre.
So there we are. We'll enter Tier 3 from Friday, and it will be reviewed in 28 days time. I know it's frustrating, but we all need to do our bit to keep cases down and ensure that we can lift these asap.
These are the rules of the 'Very High' Tier 3 restrictions