North Tyneside – and the wider North East – will be placed into the Tier 4 Stay At Home alert level of COVID-19 restrictions from midnight tonight (Thursday 31st December). 

The restrictions effective from 00:01am mean that residents across North Tyneside must: 

  • Work from home, if at all possible.
  • Not travel to other areas or abroad, except for limited purposes.
  • You must not meet other people outside your household or support bubble indoors. 
  • When on your own, you can meet with only one other person from another household (maintaining social distance) 

In addition the changes also mean that: 

  • Non-essential retail shops will close. 
  • Hairdressers, beauty and close contact services will shut. 
  • Gyms, leisure centres and indoor sports facilities will not open.
  • Weddings and civil partnerships can only take place in exceptional circumstances. 

Large parts of England are now subject to the Tier 4 rules and they also apply across the wider North East of England.

This includes the rest of Tyne & Wear plus Northumberland, County Durham and the Tees Valley. 

In reviewing the tier system, the government said:

Between the 18th and 24th December the weekly case rate in England rose to 402.6 per 100,000, a 32% increase on the previous week.

While the NHS reports 14,915 patients have been admitted to hospital with COVID-19 in the past week, a 18% increase on the week before.

For more information about TyneHealth’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, click here to see our information hub; including details on how to volunteer with our vaccine programme.

You can also find more information about support available from North Tyneside Council here.

Below is a poster with more detailed guidance on the Tier 4 restrictions. 

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