This is our guide to the current COVID-19 restrictions in Northumberland.

Last updated: 11 May 2021. *Please note content correct at time of update - for full up to date info always check

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What you can and cannot do in England from 17 May

From Monday 17 May, some of the rules on what you can and cannot do in England will change as we move into Step 3 of the Government's roadmap out of lockdown.
Here's what's changing on 17 May:
  • Gathering limits will be eased. Outdoor gatherings will be limited to 30 people and indoor gatherings will be limited to 6 people or 2 households
  • New guidance on meeting friends and family will emphasise personal responsibility rather than government rules. Instead of instructing you to stay 2m apart from anyone you don’t live with, you will be encouraged to exercise caution and consider the guidance on risks associated with COVID-19 and actions you can take to help keep you and your loved ones safe. Remember that the risks of close contact may be greater for some people than others and in some settings and circumstances, there will be specific guidance that you will need to follow even when you are with friends and family.
  • Indoor entertainment and attractions such as cinemas, theatres, concert halls, bowling alleys, casinos, amusement arcades, museums and children’s indoor play areas will be permitted to open with COVID-secure measures in place
  • People will be able to attend indoor and outdoor events, including live performances, sporting events and business events. Attendance at these events will be capped according to venue type, and attendees should follow the COVID-secure measures set out by those venues
  • Indoor hospitality venues such as restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes can reopen
  • Organised indoor sport will be able to take place for all (this includes gym classes). This must be organised by a business, charity or public body and the organiser must take reasonable measures to reduce the risk of transmission
  • All holiday accommodation will be open (including hotels and B&Bs). This can be used by groups of up to 6 or 2 households
  • Funeral attendance will no longer be limited to 30 people, but will be determined by how many people the COVID-secure venue can safely accommodate with social distancing. Limits at weddings, wakes and other commemorative events will be increased to 30 people. Other significant life events, such as bar/bat mitzvahs and christenings, will also be able to take place with 30 people
  • The rules for care home residents visiting out and receiving visitors will change, allowing up to five named visitors (two at any one time), provided visitors test negative for COVID-19
  • All higher education students will be able to access in-person teaching
  • Support groups and parent and child group gathering limits will increase to 30 people (not including under 5s)
  • There will no longer be a legal restriction or permitted reason required to travel internationally. There will be a traffic light system for international travel, and you must follow the rules when returning to England depending on whether you return from a red, amber or green list country.
You should:
  • continue to work from home if you can
  • when travelling within the UK,  aim to do so safely & plan your journey in advance
  • get a test & follow the stay at home guidance if you have COVID-19 symptoms

Detailed guidance on what you currently can and cannot do

Click on the links below to find out more about specific guidance:


Roadmap - Government infographics

Step one aim for 9 March Step one continued aims for 29 March

Step two aims for 12 April Step three aims for 17 May

Step four aims for 21 June

Safe behaviours  

As restrictions ease, we must all remember that Covid-19 remains a part of our lives.  

You should:   
  • carry on with HANDS, FACE, SPACE, FRESH AIR  
  • follow COVID-Secure measures that remain in place at different steps   
  • watch out for symptoms & get tested when needed   
  • get vaccinated when offered  
If we all continue to play our part, we will be that bit closer to a future that is more familiar.

If you need translated versions of the latest COVID-19 guidance, information in multiple languages are included at the links below.

The guidance can be accessed in written, audio and video form.

Written and audio translations

Doctors of the World, in partnership with the British Red Cross, Migrant Help and Clear Voice, have produced advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19) in 60 languages.


Video versions

Doctors of the World, in partnership with the Mayor of London, has produced motion graphic videos with key COVID-19 information for migrants living in the UK. The videos contain the latest advice from the UK government, including information on COVID-19 testing and wearing face masks. 

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