New COVID alert levels
The Government has set out new COVID alert levels, which come into effect on October 14, they are:
- Medium - this is for areas where national restrictions continue to be in place
- High - this is for areas with a higher level of infections where some additional restrictions are in place
- Very high - this is for areas with a very high level of infections and where tighter restrictions are in place.
With higher coronavirus cases, the North East is an area with 'high' restrictions. The following apply to Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Sunderland, Northumberland and County Durham.
- Residents must not socialise with other people outside of their own households or support bubble in private homes
- Residents must not socialise with other people outside of their own households or support bubble indoors, such as pubs and restaurants (a full list of these venues is below)
- Hospitality for food and drink will be restricted to table service only - see the full list of these venues
- Late night restriction of operating hours will be introduced, with leisure and entertainment venues required to close between 10pm to 5am.
Residents are also advised to adhere to the following guidance to further reduce rates of infection:
- Residents are advised to only use public transport for essential purposes, such as travelling to school or work
- Holidays should be taken within your own household or support bubble
- Residents are advised against attending outdoor amateur and semi-professional sporting events as spectators.
The new restrictions that come into force are the same as the measures we had in place in September except under these measures you can now meet in someone's garden as long as it's not with more than six people.
Common questions on the restrictions
Find the answers to some of the questions you may have about the covid-19 restrictions.
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