Following discussions with Leaders and MPs across the region, the Government has confirmed that Northumberland is subject to the ‘HIGH’ local COVID alert tier (tier 2) of national restrictions that came into force on Wednesday 14 October - as with all other areas, this will be kept under close review by Government and Public Health England and subject to change at any time in line with case numbers, hospital admissions and local hospital capacity.
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Following discussions with Leaders and MPs across the region, the Government has confirmed that Northumberland will be subject to the ‘HIGH’ local COVID alert tier (tier 2) of national restrictions that came into force on Wednesday 14 October - as with all other areas, this will be kept under close review by Government and Public Health England and subject to change at any time in line with case numbers, hospital admissions and local hospital capacity.
The whole of North Tyneside, Newcastle, Northumberland, Gateshead, County Durham, Sunderland and South Tyneside.
Under the ‘high’ alert level, the Government’s advice for clinically extremely vulnerable people is that you keep the number of different people you meet with low. The fewer people you meet, the less likely you are to catch COVID-19.
You are encouraged to continue to go outside with your household and/or support bubble because of the benefits of exercise. If you do choose to meet other households outside of your support bubble, this must be outside, must be in groups of less than six people and the Government advises you to keep the numbers low.
You do not need to maintain social distancing within your household. You are advised to reduce the number of shopping trips you make. If you do go to the shops, consider doing so at quieter times of the day.
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No. Schools, colleges and universities remain open and are operating in a COVID-secure way.
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.
Hot food takeaways MUST 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’.
If you decide to meet with friends and family you do not live with outdoors, including in private gardens, you must not meet in a group of more than six and you must practice social distancing.
Following discussions with Leaders and MPs across the region, the Government has confirmed that Northumberland is subject to the HIGH covid alert level tier (tier 2) of national restrictions that came into force on Wednesday 14 October - as with all other areas, this will be kept under close review by Government and Public Health England and subject to change at any time in line with case numbers, hospital admissions and local hospital capacity.
Now that Northumberland is subject to COVID alert level HIGH (tier 2), the Government has issued some additional guidance for those who are most at risk from coronavirus. There is guidance for the ‘clinically vulnerable’ and the ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’.
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.
All individuals will be offered the opportunity to be supported to access benefits in line with government guidance.
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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