Gedling Borough Council leader John Clarke is urging the public to follow the new rule of six, which was introduced by the Government today.
Under the new rules gatherings both indoors and outdoors must be limited to six people. 30 people could gather at one time under the previous regulations.
The new rules, which will be enforced by police, has been introduced following a spike in coronavirus cases across the UK.
Councillor Clarke today thanked people in the borough for their continued support during the pandemic and urged everyone to follow the new rules.
He told Gedling Eye: “We would like to thank our residents and businesses for their ongoing efforts and for the sacrifices they have all made in an effort to reduce the spread of coronavirus.
“Since the start of the pandemic, we have been following and sharing the advice provided by Public Health England and will continue to do so.
“We ask that everyone take responsibility to follow the rules. Please do not have social gatherings of more than six people, wash your hands, wear a face mask and stay two metres apart from people who are not in your household. If we follow these rules, it could save lives.”
Nottinghamshire Police’s Assistant Chief Constable Kate Meynell also called on residents to support the new measures.
She said: “The new rules are clear and we all have a personal responsibility for following them to help stop the spread of a deadly virus.
“Police will continue to be in communities and engaging, explaining and encouraging people to follow the new regulations. We will disperse groups of over six and issue fines to those who refuse to comply.
“In most situations, we are sure we can resolve breaches without having to issue a fine, but let’s be clear – if people deliberately flout the rules and put other people’s lives in danger we will not hesitate to issue fines. Those who choose to flout the rules and hold house parties will be dealt with.
“The demands on the police service are now back to pre-Covid levels making it even more important that everyone takes personal responsibility so police involvement is a last resort.”