Fans urged to remain COVID safe as Derby County take on local rivals Nottingham Forest
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Derby County fans are being reminded to remain COVID safe as they support their team ahead of the game against local rivals Nottingham Forest.
With restrictions in Derbyshire differing from area to area it is vital to ensure that fans are aware of what they can and cannot do as they support both their team and the fight against COVID-19.
Detective Chief Inspector Emlyn Richards, the officer leading Derbyshire police’s response to the pandemic, said: “The East Midlands Derby is one of the biggest sporting events in our calendar.
“It is a game that has a huge amount of significance and I completely understand the desire to show your support alongside your fellow fans.
“However, as we have seen for the game earlier in the year, the way fans are able to follow the game is radically different with tonight's fixture obviously being played behind closed doors.
“These differences have now been compounded by the new tier system which means that within Derbyshire fans have different restrictions - whether supporting at home or at their favourite pub.
“We are seeing increasing rates across the county and country as COVID-19 begins to spread more quickly and it is vital that everyone of us does our bit to ensure that our family, friends and fellow fans are kept safe.
“So, the message is simple – support your team but please ensure you are doing everything you can to do so in a safe, responsible way and in line with the restrictions in your area.”
Below are the areas of Derbyshire and the restrictions that apply to those living within them. These are not exhaustive and subject to change - all residents should keep up to date with all the restrictions that apply to the area in which they live or may be traveling to by visiting the official website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-levels-what-you-need-to-know
To be clear – anyone who is living in a High Alert Level area and travels into a Medium Alert Level area is still subject to High area restrictions.
Medium Alert Level
Derby city, Amber Valley, South Derbyshire, Derbyshire Dales and parts of the High Peak (which not detailed below):
- you must not socialise in groups larger than 6, indoors or outdoors (other than where a legal exemption applies)
- certain businesses are required to ensure customers only consume food and drink while seated, and must close between 10pm and 5am
- when travelling, plan ahead or avoid busy times and routes; walk or cycle if you can
High Alert Level
Chesterfield, Erewash, North East Derbyshire, High Peak ‒ the wards of
- St John’s
- Old Glossop
- Howard Town
- Hadfield South
- Hadfield North
- you must not socialise with anybody outside of your household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
- you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 outside, including in a garden or other spaces like beaches or parks (other than where specific exemptions apply in law)
- you can continue to travel to venues or amenities that are open, for work or to access education, but should look to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible