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

As of Wednesday 30th September 2020, the following additional restrictions were brought in:

  • Households must not mix with people you do not live with, unless they’re in your support bubble, in any public venue. This applies to venues such as pubs, restaurants.

This is alongside the restrictions brought in on Friday 18th September, which remain in place:

  • 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.

All of these measures continue to also apply to residents in Northumberland, Newcastle, Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland and County Durham as well as North Tyneside.

From 00:01am on Saturday 2nd October, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough will also be under the same restrictions.

Residents are also advised to continue adhering 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 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 updated 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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