From Friday 18th September, regulations will lawfully ban the following:
Residents are also advised to adhere to the following guidance to further reduce rates of infection:
The whole of North Tyneside, Newcastle, Northumberland, Gateshead, County Durham, Sunderland and South Tyneside.
Friday 18 September at 00:01.
These measures will help to address the significant rise in coronavirus cases in the region in recent weeks.
There is an increased risk of transmission the more people who gather together. Our data shows an increased rate of transmission in homes, hospitality venues and through grassroot sports.
We are doing everything we can to protect our most vulnerable, keep businesses open and children in school, which these measures will help with.
Residents in the region should follow the most restrictive measures – so this means following the local restrictions at this time.
Infection rates have risen significantly in all areas, with increased numbers of outbreaks, leading to more community transmission across the region. While our rates of infections are different, all local authorities in this area are seeing significant rises in positive cases.
People also travel frequently between the different areas for work and leisure, so it makes sense for us to come together to contain this latest increase in infections.
It starts from 00:01 hours on Friday 18 September and will be monitored closely and reviewed on a weekly basis. The next steps will depend on the impact the measures have.
You must not meet people who do not live with you, or are not part of your support bubble, either indoors or outdoors, unless for the specific purposes mentioned below.
People should only come inside your home for specific purposes:
You can continue to use early years and childcare settings, including childminders and providers offering before or after school clubs or other out-of-school settings for children. You can also continue to employ nannies, including those living outside of the region.
Children of parents who are separated can continue to move between households.
‘Informal’ childcare, for example grandparents looking after children, is allowed for children under 14 or vulnerable adults where that is necessary for caring purposes (see questions 9 - 11 for further information).
It does not allow for play-dates or parties.
This informal arrangement exemption was announced by government on September 21 after initially not being permitted. The seven local authorities had asked for informal childcare to be exempt from the restrictions and lobbied for this to change.
Yes. Grandparents who live in the same household, i.e. grandma and grandad, can link with one other household so that the parents of the children can work.
No. You can only link with one other household at any time, so the parents of the children can work.
A support bubble is a close support network between a household with only one adult in the home (known as a single-adult household) and one other household of any size.
Once you’re in a support bubble, you can think of yourself as being in a single household with people from the other household. It means you can have close contact with that household as if they were members of your own household.
Once you make a support bubble, you should not change who is in your bubble.
You should not have multiple bubbles.
No. Schools, colleges and universities remain open and are operating in a COVID-secure way.
Unless exempt, in education settings where students in Year 7 and above are educated, including middle schools, face coverings should be worn by staff, visitors and students when moving around in corridors and communal areas.
Yes, people living inside and outside of these areas can continue to travel for work or school. Workplaces and schools themselves should also be implementing covid-secure measures.
You should not visit anyone’s home inside or outside of the restricted area (except for your support bubble).
Care homes in the region have been advised to stop non-essential visiting, excluding health care professionals and those involved in end of life care (including family members).
If you are planning to visit relatives in care homes outside the affected areas (see question 2), then check with the care home prior to travelling to ensure that they are still open to visits from family members.
The following must close from 10pm to 5am:
During opening hours (5am to 10pm), venues serving alcohol must operate table service only for food and drinks – this includes ordering. Those venues who don’t serve alcohol can operate counter service, but the consumption of food and drinks should take place at a table as much as possible.
As elsewhere in the country, venues must also take details of customers for NHS Test and Trace from September 18.
Hot food takeaways should close to walk-ins between 10pm and 5am each day, but they can continue to operate a delivery service during these hours, via a website, telephone, text message, post, or by ‘drive-throughs’.
You are advised to only visit these venues with other members of your household (or support bubble).
This is because the hospitality industry has enhanced measures, such as risk assessments and test and trace, which private homes don’t have.
Yes. Please wear a face covering if using public transport unless exempt.
Yes, as long as these venues have the required Covid-secure risk assessments and guidelines in place.
Official/registered tradespeople can go to other people’s homes for work purposes as long as you follow national guidance on how to work safely there.
You can still go on holiday within the UK or abroad, but you should only do this with people you live with (or have formed a support bubble with). You need to follow any rules in the area you visit and be aware of the self-isolation rules when travelling to and from certain countries.
People can visit the region on holiday but must comply with the local restrictions.
Newcastle Airport, train stations and ports remain open and members of the public are permitted to travel to and from these locations.
Northumberland Communities Together Response Hub can connect residents with the support they need if family or friends are not nearby. Phone 01670 620015 between 9am to 6pm, seven days a week.
If you are deaf or can’t speak on the phone, contact us using Relay UK. Download the Relay UK app or using your existing text phone prefix our dedicated text Relay number: 018001 01670 623 515
British Sign Language users can now contact the Northumberland Communities Together Response Hub using SignVideo Web Access, an online sign language interpreting service. To contact us using this service use: northumberlandcc-covid.signvideo.net
Concerned about a person breaking the rules?
Where people are breaking the rules, we will seek to engage, explain and encourage them to adhere to the restrictions. However, enforcement action will be taken where appropriate.
If an individual is breaching restrictions, you can report it to Northumbria Police. To do so, where possible, people are asked to use the reporting tool on the force’s website www.northumbria.police.uk. Alternatively, you can call 101. The police will assess the circumstances to determine the appropriate action.
Once the legislation is in place, the police or the local authority will be able to take action against those who break these rules, including asking people to disperse and issuing fixed penalty notices starting at £100.
People aged 18 or over will be able to be fined:
Concerned about a business in Northumberland breaking the rules?
See government FAQ's on what you can and cannot do during the pandemic here.
It is now mandatory to wear face coverings in more settings The list of places and people who must wear a face covering was extended on 22 September.. You can read the full list of locations here.
Your face covering must cover your nose and mouth at all times.
Please click here to see how you can make your own face covering.
We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:
stay at home as much as possible
work from home if you can
limit contact with other people
keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
wash your hands regularly
Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms. If you have symptoms, or if you test positive for the virus, you must self-isolate for 10 days.
Please click here for travel advice. This link will open in a new tab, and will take you to the gov.uk website.
You can find updates to the travel corridors for England at the gov.uk site here. This will take you to a list of countries and territories from where you can travel to England and may not have to self-isolate.
The council is not involved in the set-up or operation of tests, including their locations.
It was announced on 30 July 2020, that if you show symptoms of coronavirus, or if you test positive for the virus, you must self-isolate for 10 days.
Please click here for the announcement from the BBC.
Please click here for more information from the gov.uk website.
If you test positive for coronavirus, the NHS Test and Trace system will ask you to share your most recent contacts with them. This allows your contacts to be 'traced' via this service, and they will be informed that they have recently been in contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus. They can then self-isolate for 14 days to stop the spread.
A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. COVID-19 is a disease caused by a new coronavirus. Public Health England (PHE) have a comprehensive guide on what COVID-19 is and this is available, together with their associated professional advice.
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses which cause a range of diseases. COVID-19 is the name given to the disease caused by a new coronavirus which had not previously been identified.
Click here to access the range of information sources on COVID-19 provided by Public Health England and the government.
Please click here for all the latest information and frequently asked questions regarding schools and COVID-19.
This information was last updated on 17 September 2020.
Click here for Safeguarding Adults information & advice regarding coronavrius (COVID-19).
Click here for Safeguarding Children information & advice regarding coronavirus (COVID-19).
We have made contact with key groups to ensure that support is provided in a co-ordinated way, and that the vulnerability of our communities is protected wherever possible. We are aware that some individuals may not have good natured intentions and if we become aware of these we will notify the police accordingly.
We recommend that you seek general advice online from NHS.uk and NHS 111 online.
A robust plan is in place to ensure that those residents that need support receive it.
We are working with partner agencies to ensure that we minimise visits to each individual (i.e 1 visit instead of 3 separate agencies) and have met with carer providers to identify people they are working with that were not known to our service, so we can provide advice and support.
The Council has a lead role in providing support to those residents who are 'shielding'. Click here for information about how to access national support.
Senior managers reviewed all our services to assess which should be temporarily suspended or delivered differently within communities. Critical services will be maintained at all times, although these may need to be delivered differently.
The council's public Facebook and Twitter pages will provide comprehensive updates as they are known. The staff Facebook page will also have useful information.
There currently no plans to give tenants a rent and council tax holiday, but this will be reviewed in line with any national guidance recieved, and the council will carefully consider how they communicate with residents over any outstanding rent/council tax at this time.
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