News measures have been introduced in parts of the North East of England, including North Tyneside, to tackle the rising coronavirus infection rates.

From 00:01am on Friday 18th September, regulations will ban the following: 

• 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 operating hours will be introduced, with leisure and entertainment venues required to close between 10pm to 5am.

The restrictions also apply to Northumberland, Newcastle, Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland and County Durham as well as North Tyneside.

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.

In addition, those who are classed as more medically vulnerable to COVID-19, or who have previously been shielding, are advised to take extra care. North Tyneside Council’s support hub continues to be available for medically vulnerable residents who can’t call on others for support. For details, visit their website.

North Tyneside Elected Mayor, Norma Redfearn CBE said: “Sadly, infection rates across the region, including North Tyneside,  have risen significantly and we must all take action now to help minimise the spread of the virus.

“These new measures are to protect our borough – they should help us to keep our vulnerable residents safe, keep businesses open and keep our children in school.

“We know that the past few months have been challenging for all residents and businesses, but through it all we have been amazed by the spirit and resilience of the people of this borough. You have pulled together and looked out for each other when it was needed perhaps more than ever. We know that it is difficult that you are now being asked to follow new restrictions, but we hope we can count on your support once again.”

Further information can be found on the North Tyneside Council’s list of frequently asked questions.

The full list of restrictions and new advice is available in full on the government website, see here for details.

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