North East local lockdown – Coronovirus

17th September 2020

Today, the Minister for Health announced a North East local lockdown where coronavirus infection rates have been increasing recently.

It affects South Tyneside, Sunderland, Gateshead, Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside and County Durham.

From Friday September 18th, regulations will ban the following for South Tyneside:

  • Residents must not socialise with other people outside of their own households or support bubble in private homes and gardens.
  • Hospitality for food and drink will be restricted to table service only.
  • Late night restriction of opening hours will be introduced for the hospitality industry, with leisure and entertainment venues required to close between 10pm to 5am.

South Tyneside residents have also been advised to adhere to the following guidance to further reduce rates of infection:    

  • Not to socialise with other people outside of their own households or support bubbles in all public venues.
  • Only to use public transport for essential purposes, such as travelling to school or work.
  • Take holidays only within your own household or support bubble.
  • Avoid attending amateur and semi-professional sporting events as spectators.

There are some exemptions to the rules which allow you to let someone else in your home:

  • where everyone in the gathering lives together or is in the same support bubble
  • to attend a birth at the mother’s request
  • to visit a person who is dying (the visitor can be someone the dying person lives with, a close family member, friend or, if none of those is visiting, anyone else)
  • to fulfil a legal obligation
  • for work purposes, or for the provision of voluntary or charitable services
  • for the purposes of education or training
  • for the purposes of childcare provided by a registered provider
  • to provide emergency assistance
  • to enable one or more persons in the gathering to avoid injury or illness or to escape a risk of harm
  • to facilitate a house move
  • to provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person
  • to continue existing arrangements for access to, and contact between, parents and children where the children do not live in the same household as their parents, or one of their parents

On Monday 21st September, Matt Hancock allowed informal child care arrangements to continue to ensure the wellbeing of young children and continuity of care.

Please check our Covid-19 update page 

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