The Christmas Market was given green-light despite the city being under Tier 3 restrictions.
Healthcare workers in the Midlands have been left angry after thousands of people flocked to Nottingham’s annual Christmas Market.
The market was given the green-light earlier this month by Nottingham City Council bosses despite the city being under Tier 3 lockdown restrictions.
One healthcare worker dubbed the blatant disregard to the rules as an “insult” to health and social care workers.
Sarah Stevenson, a Community Staff Nurse who lives in the area told NursingNotes; “I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw that many people packed so tightly into a small area – in the middle of a pandemic!”
“The blatant disregard of the rules is an insult, I could even say a punch in the face, to the health and social care workers that have been trying to keep the country safe since March.”
“I’m not sure what Nottingham City Council were thinking when they approved this?”
Another nurse added on Twitter that she felt “betrayed” by the public.
The sentiment appears to be echoed across the country as many have reacted to the stark images on social media.
Anti-lockdown campaigners and pandemic deniers were also present in the area.
Government rules state; “large outdoor events (performances and shows) should not take place, with the exception of drive-in events”.
Anthony Johnson, Lead Organiser for Nurses United UK who campaigned at the start of the pandemic for PPE for health and care workers, responded to the image. He said; “This is what a third wave looks like.
“Health and social care workers on the frontlines of this pandemic supposed to cope when Nottingham’s Council thinks that this is acceptable.
“How many of those people are related to NHS workers? Or the elderly? Our lives are being put at risk and as a nurse, we should speak out when anyone threatens the health of our four nations.”
The Council previously justified their decision to hold the market by saying; “Nottingham’s Covid rates have fallen dramatically in recent weeks” and “the market will help support our city centre retail economy”.
A statement from the organisers reads; “In light of the unprecedented high footfall seen up and down the country for retail nationally, we have decided to temporarily close the Christmas market today.
“The pent-up demand for a city-centre offer was far higher than normal and we feel this is the most appropriate way forward. This will allow us to monitor footfall in the city-centre today and ensure that our activities support residents and local businesses in an appropriate fashion.”