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Details on North East local covid restrictions announced by Government


Details on local restrictions in the North East for businesses

Areas of the North East subject to local restrictions are Northumberland, Newcastle, Sunderland, South Tyneside, North Tyneside, Gateshead, County Durham, Middlesbrough and Hartlepool.

Restrictions for Middlesbrough and Hartlepool are due to come into force at midnight on the 2nd of October, the restrictions are already in place for the other areas listed.

The enforced restrictions include:

  • Residents must not socialise with other people outside of their own households in indoor settings, including pubs and restaurants. COVID-secure schools and workplaces are not affected by this. Support bubbles can continue and childcare bubbles will be able to form to allow families to share caring responsibilities with another household, as long as they are consistent.
  • 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.

There is also further "guidance" issued from local councils, which advised but not enforced:

Residents should not visit friends or family in care homes, other than in exceptional circumstances. Care homes should restrict visits to these circumstances.

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.

You can find the most up to date guidance from Government here and here for Middlesbrough and Hartlepool. The full legal document with the regulations is available here.

Residents can't socialise with people outside of their household in indoors settings, people in a single household are only allowed to mix indoors with members of their support bubble. There are the following exemptions:

· to attend a birth at the mother’s request

· to visit a person who is dying

· to fulfil a legal obligation

· for work purposes, including repairs and other building work, or for the provision of voluntary or charitable services

· for the purposes of education or training

· for the purposes of childcare provided by a registered provider

· to provide emergency assistance

· to enable one or more persons in the gathering to avoid injury or illness or to escape a risk of harm

· to facilitate a house move

· to provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person

· to continue existing arrangements for access to, and contact between, parents and children where the children do not live in the same household as their parents, or one of their parents.

The Government advice is that you should only travel for essential reasons, when travelling into, within and out of Northumberland, Newcastle, Sunderland, South Tyneside, North Tyneside, Gateshead and County Durham. Face coverings are still needed on public transport, examples of essential travel include:

  • to get to and from work
  • to get essential food or medical supplies including click and collect services
  • to support someone who is vulnerable, if no one else can do so
  • to travel to and from the homes of others in your support bubble
  • to attend an early years setting, school or college, or to accompany a child who is attending an early years setting, school, college or university where necessary
  • to fulfil legal obligations
  • to seek medical care, or avoid illness, injury or harm

The Government have said that you should also try not to share a car with those outside your household or support bubble. If you need to, try to:

  • share the car with the same people each time
  • keep to small groups of people at any one time
  • open windows for ventilation
  • travel side by side or behind other people, rather than facing them, where seating arrangements allow
  • consider seating arrangements to maximise distance between people in the vehicle
  • clean your car between journeys using standard cleaning products – make sure you clean door handles and other areas that people may touch
  • ask the driver and passengers to wear a face covering

The Chamber are asking Government for further support for businesses affected by these measures, we're aware these measures will have a large impact on businesses in the region and extra support will be crucial.

If you have any concerns or questions, please email

Further to this, the NHS Covid-19 app has been launched across England and Wales. Customers and visitors in England are able to check-in on entry with their phone instead of filling out a check-in book or tool specific to a business. This allows NHS Test and Trace to contact customers with public health advice should there be a Coronavirus outbreak.

Businesses who are already using their own QR system are being encouraged to switch to the NHS Test and Trace QR code.

You can find further information regarding the new NHS Test and Trace QR code and system and guidance on testing below.

If your business is struggling to receive support or access to testing during this time, please email with details.