Posted 05th December 2020
From Wednesday 2 December Newcastle and its six neighbouring local authority areas will be subject to the 'very high' set of local restrictions.
This will apply across Newcastle, Northumberland, Sunderland, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and County Durham, and will come into effect from 00:01 on Wednesday, bringing the four-week national lockdown to an end.
'Very high' restrictions mean residents must not mix indoors with those outside their household or support bubble; outdoor gatherings must be limited to six people with social distancing in place; and hospitality premises must remain closed except for takeaway and delivery services.
Other measures in place include:
Visit the government website to view the full set of restrictions, exemptions and latest guidance.
The Government, along the devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, have announced a relaxing of the Covid-19 restrictions over the festive period to allow families to form 'Christmas bubbles'.
The temporary changes will apply 23-27 December, allowing support bubbles comprising people from a maximum of three different households.
This relaxation of the rules will allow residents to meet with loved ones and celebrate Christmas with their families, although there are a number of conditions that must be observed.
People can only be part of one Christmas bubble, and cannot move from one bubble to another. You can only meet those in your Christmas bubble in a private home, garden, place of worship or public outdoor space, however you cannot socialise indoors with anyone outside your support bubble.
To facilitate Christmas bubbles, people will be permitted to travel between places with different restrictions under the three-tier system.
While this measure will temporarily allow people to see more people than under the tier restrictions, people must still take precautions at all times to minimise the risk of spreading Covid-19.
For more details and further guidance, click here.