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17 September 2020


Following rising cases of COVID-19 across the region, Northumberland County Council has worked alongside Newcastle, County Durham, South Tyneside, North Tyneside, Sunderland and Gateshead councils to request new stricter COVID-19 prevention measures from the Government to stop the spread of coronavirus across the North East. The Government has today (Thursday 17th September) announced that additional restrictions will come into effect from 00.01 on Friday 18th September. The main points are outlined below but we are still awaiting clarification from the Government on the finer details.

Legislation - regulations will lawfully enforce the following:

Residents must not socialise with other people outside of their own households in private homes and gardens.

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 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.


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 (rather than car sharing etc).

Holidays should be taken within your own household or support bubble.

Residents are advised against attending amateur and semi-professional sporting events as spectators.

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