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Tougher restrictions on households mixing in Gateshead and across the region will apply from midnight tonight. 

Following increased coronavirus rates, the Government has announced that households cannot mix with people you do not live with, unless they're in your support bubble, in any indoor public venue. This applies to venues such as pubs and restaurants. 

In response to high and increasing infection rates, this guidance will now be enforceable by law and subject to fines from 00:01 Wednesday 30 September. The restrictions apply to Gateshead, County Durham, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, South Tyneside and Sunderland. 

Gateshead Council Leader, Councillor Martin Gannon said: "Despite enhanced restrictions being introduced just over a week ago, it's clear the virus is being transmitted at an alarming rate. We know this is an incredibly hard and difficult time for everyone in our communities, but this is our last chance to reduce the spread of the virus and prevent further measures being introduced." 

"We all need to follow the guidelines, stop contact with other households inside or outside the home, keep 2m apart, wear face coverings and regularly wash our hands." 

"It was disappointing that Government did not provide advanced warning of the proposed detail and timings of the new restrictions, which I know has caused frustration to many local people and businesses." 

"We are working closely with our neighbouring councils to make some very clear asks of Government. They need to give us the appropriate resources and significant funding to protect the economy and support local businesses that will be impacted by the restrictions. This will allow us to respond to this emergency, protect individuals and local business and make a difference in the North East." 

Alice Wiseman, Director of Public Health at Gateshead Council, said: "I know how difficult it is for our communities and for businesses who have all made enormous sacrifices over this time. Doing nothing, however, is not an option. Coronavirus cases in Gateshead continue to rise and over the last two weeks we have seen an increase in the numbers of hospital admissions, with the average age of those testing positive also rising."

"When we analyse Track and Trace data, we see that 80% of cases are due to households mixing in a range of settings so we need to do something to reduce the spread. The more we can reduce contact with people outside our household or support bubble, the sooner we will bring the virus under control."

"We also recognise that these further restrictions won't work in isolation. We have asked government for further support for both communities and for businesses who will be impacted by these changes. We want to do everything we can to avoid any further restrictions which would have a devastating impact on our town."

Covid secure schools and workplaces are not affected by the new measures and there is no change to indoor sporting activities. 

As announced last week, childcare bubbles will be able to form in areas of intervention to allow families to share caring responsibilities with another household, as long as they are consistent. This includes formal and informal childcare arrangements. People in support bubbles in these areas can also continue to meet in any setting. 

We await further details of these restrictions and those of a funding package to be agreed with councils to support the measures and tackle the rising infection rate. As soon as we have official guidance from Government we will update our covid restrictions webpage.

Anyone who has symptoms must book a test and self-isolate until they get the result. Anyone who tests positive must self-isolate along with members of their households as must those told to do so by Test, Track and Trace.

News restrictions
29 September 2020

Tougher restrictions on households mixing in Gateshead and across the region will apply from midnight tonight. 

Following increased coronavirus rates, the Government has announced that households cannot mix with people you do not live with, unless they're in your support bubble, in any indoor public venue. This applies to venues such as pubs and restaurants. 

In response to high and increasing infection rates, this guidance will now be enforceable by law and subject to fines from 00:01 Wednesday 30 September. The restrictions apply to Gateshead, County Durham, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, South Tyneside and Sunderland. 

Gateshead Council Leader, Councillor Martin Gannon said: "Despite enhanced restrictions being introduced just over a week ago, it's clear the virus is being transmitted at an alarming rate. We know this is an incredibly hard and difficult time for everyone in our communities, but this is our last chance to reduce the spread of the virus and prevent further measures being introduced." 

"We all need to follow the guidelines, stop contact with other households inside or outside the home, keep 2m apart, wear face coverings and regularly wash our hands." 

"It was disappointing that Government did not provide advanced warning of the proposed detail and timings of the new restrictions, which I know has caused frustration to many local people and businesses." 

"We are working closely with our neighbouring councils to make some very clear asks of Government. They need to give us the appropriate resources and significant funding to protect the economy and support local businesses that will be impacted by the restrictions. This will allow us to respond to this emergency, protect individuals and local business and make a difference in the North East." 

Alice Wiseman, Director of Public Health at Gateshead Council, said: "I know how difficult it is for our communities and for businesses who have all made enormous sacrifices over this time. Doing nothing, however, is not an option. Coronavirus cases in Gateshead continue to rise and over the last two weeks we have seen an increase in the numbers of hospital admissions, with the average age of those testing positive also rising."

"When we analyse Track and Trace data, we see that 80% of cases are due to households mixing in a range of settings so we need to do something to reduce the spread. The more we can reduce contact with people outside our household or support bubble, the sooner we will bring the virus under control."

"We also recognise that these further restrictions won't work in isolation. We have asked government for further support for both communities and for businesses who will be impacted by these changes. We want to do everything we can to avoid any further restrictions which would have a devastating impact on our town."

Covid secure schools and workplaces are not affected by the new measures and there is no change to indoor sporting activities. 

As announced last week, childcare bubbles will be able to form in areas of intervention to allow families to share caring responsibilities with another household, as long as they are consistent. This includes formal and informal childcare arrangements. People in support bubbles in these areas can also continue to meet in any setting. 

We await further details of these restrictions and those of a funding package to be agreed with councils to support the measures and tackle the rising infection rate. As soon as we have official guidance from Government we will update our covid restrictions webpage.

Anyone who has symptoms must book a test and self-isolate until they get the result. Anyone who tests positive must self-isolate along with members of their households as must those told to do so by Test, Track and Trace.

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