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Gateshead COVID-19: new measures

New restrictions

Gateshead's residents are facing new measures as part of a combined North East effort to help fight COVID-19.

The extra measures have been approved by the Secretary of State Matt Hancock following the request from Gateshead Council, Sunderland City Council, Durham County Council, Newcastle City Council, Northumberland County Council, North Tyneside Council and South Tyneside Council.

From midnight tonight, Thursday 17 September, regulations will lawfully ban the following:

  • residents must not socialise with other people outside of their own households in private homes and gardens
  • all hospitality for food and drink will be restricted to table service only
  • late night restriction of operating hours will be introduced, with 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 should not socialise with other people outside of their own households in all public venues.
  • 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 amateur and semi-professional sporting events as spectators.

Find out more about covid restrictions

The 10pm closure order applies across Gateshead, Sunderland, County Durham, Newcastle, Northumberland, and North and South Tyneside.

There has been a significant rise in coronavirus cases in these areas in recent weeks. In the last seven days Gateshead has seen the number of weekly cases rise to 165 which equates to 80 out of 100,000 people. A high proportion of cases have been linked to the hospitality sector and there are a growing number of household transmissions.

Alice Wiseman, Director of Public Health for Gateshead Council, said: "This year has been incredibly difficult for everyone in Gateshead and we appreciate all the sacrifices that our residents and businesses have made to help protect Gateshead. However, we have seen cases increasing fast over the last three weeks.

"Cases are now almost back to a similar rate to that which we saw in April and we are beginning to see hospital admissions, although still low, rising. Now that the virus is circulating in the community, we are also experiencing an impact to our critical services such as hospitals and schools with staff students and patients disrupted.

"Our priority is to avoid a local lockdown. These latest measures are intended as proactive, preventative actions to head off a worst-case scenario.

"We are asking residents to double down on their efforts and remember the importance of the steps that they can take like social distancing, hand washing and wearing a mask where possible."
 

Gateshead Council Leader, Martin Gannon said: "Protecting our residents, communities and businesses in Gateshead and across the region has to be our priority.

"With rapidly increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases we need to act now to help reduce the spread of infection, protect those most vulnerable in our community as well as our vital health and care services.

"This is not something we want to do but with the virus circulating around the borough we need to do all we can to help stop it now. We can only do this by working together and adhering to the new restrictions being introduced from Friday.

"We have already seen great support by the people of Gateshead in recent months, once again we need to join together so we can help protect those most at risk.

"Please do not visit other households unless you are part of a support bubble, please don't socialise with other people outside of their own households in all public venues, and please adhere to the change to the hospitality trade and other sectors. If we do this, we can all play our role in helping to protect our communities."

New restrictions
17 September 2020

Gateshead's residents are facing new measures as part of a combined North East effort to help fight COVID-19.

The extra measures have been approved by the Secretary of State Matt Hancock following the request from Gateshead Council, Sunderland City Council, Durham County Council, Newcastle City Council, Northumberland County Council, North Tyneside Council and South Tyneside Council.

From midnight tonight, Thursday 17 September, regulations will lawfully ban the following:

  • residents must not socialise with other people outside of their own households in private homes and gardens
  • all hospitality for food and drink will be restricted to table service only
  • late night restriction of operating hours will be introduced, with 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 should not socialise with other people outside of their own households in all public venues.
  • 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 amateur and semi-professional sporting events as spectators.

Find out more about covid restrictions

The 10pm closure order applies across Gateshead, Sunderland, County Durham, Newcastle, Northumberland, and North and South Tyneside.

There has been a significant rise in coronavirus cases in these areas in recent weeks. In the last seven days Gateshead has seen the number of weekly cases rise to 165 which equates to 80 out of 100,000 people. A high proportion of cases have been linked to the hospitality sector and there are a growing number of household transmissions.

Alice Wiseman, Director of Public Health for Gateshead Council, said: "This year has been incredibly difficult for everyone in Gateshead and we appreciate all the sacrifices that our residents and businesses have made to help protect Gateshead. However, we have seen cases increasing fast over the last three weeks.

"Cases are now almost back to a similar rate to that which we saw in April and we are beginning to see hospital admissions, although still low, rising. Now that the virus is circulating in the community, we are also experiencing an impact to our critical services such as hospitals and schools with staff students and patients disrupted.

"Our priority is to avoid a local lockdown. These latest measures are intended as proactive, preventative actions to head off a worst-case scenario.

"We are asking residents to double down on their efforts and remember the importance of the steps that they can take like social distancing, hand washing and wearing a mask where possible."
 

Gateshead Council Leader, Martin Gannon said: "Protecting our residents, communities and businesses in Gateshead and across the region has to be our priority.

"With rapidly increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases we need to act now to help reduce the spread of infection, protect those most vulnerable in our community as well as our vital health and care services.

"This is not something we want to do but with the virus circulating around the borough we need to do all we can to help stop it now. We can only do this by working together and adhering to the new restrictions being introduced from Friday.

"We have already seen great support by the people of Gateshead in recent months, once again we need to join together so we can help protect those most at risk.

"Please do not visit other households unless you are part of a support bubble, please don't socialise with other people outside of their own households in all public venues, and please adhere to the change to the hospitality trade and other sectors. If we do this, we can all play our role in helping to protect our communities."

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