In June 2020 Nottingham City Council published its local outbreak management plan which set out arrangements for Nottingham City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the months since then, much of the plan has been in continuous or repeated use as the blueprint for local action by local authorities working closely with Public Health England, the local NHS, Nottinghamshire Police, Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue, and other partner agencies.
The publication of the Government’s Roadmap for exiting national lockdown and the refresh of the national Contain Framework means that the Local Outbreak Management Plan now needs to be refreshed to ensure that it describes the arrangements needed in Nottingham City for the next phase of the pandemic.
Underlying the plan is evidence that, even with the widespread uptake of effective vaccines, COVID-19 will continue to circulate for the next couple of years. Therefore, arrangements must be made which enable people, employers, education, and civic society to manage risk without repeated reversion to wide-scale lockdowns.
The updated Local Outbreak Management Plan identifies these arrangements including those which require additional work to enable people in Nottingham City to live with COVID-19 in a way that is safe and confident.