Read on for up-to-date travel advice and information about the coronavirus pandemic and how it relates to our region.
Please read on for official coronavirus UK guidance and resources for travelling safely to and within Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead.
Full national lockdown restrictions in Newcastle, Gateshead, Northumberland, North and South Tyneside, Sunderland and County Durham were brought into effect on 5 January 2021, and include the following government restrictions:
Under national lockdown, the government has ordered all businesses must close - shops selling essential goods and medical necessities remain open.
Only essential retail businesses can stay open under national lockdown restrictions.
To reduce social contact, the regulations require some businesses to close and impose restrictions on how some businesses provide goods and services. The businesses required to close include non-essential retail, such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, auction houses (except for auctions of livestock or agricultural equipment) and market stalls selling non-essential goods – these venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services.
Under UK national lockdown restrictions, it is not permitted to travel into or out of the UK. Stay home and stay safe.
If you are already visiting the UK, you may return home. You should check whether there are any restrictions in place at your destination.
Read full government guidelines on travel and international travel on their official gov.uk website here.
Travel is limited to essential shopping, exercise, child care or visiting support bubble, work that cannot be carried out from home and supporting vulnerable people.
Consider your journeys and only travel if necessary. You should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make. Travelling for outdoor exercise is permitted but you are strongly advised to remain local and avoid unnecessary travel.
Find government's safer travel guides for using public transport here.
Getting around NewcastleGateshead is possible on public transport with buses, metros and other transport providers running a near-normal service during the week to ensure safe and efficient travel. Try to avoid using public transport at peak and busy periods. Please see the following websites to check for more specific information about travelling in and around NewcastleGateshead via train, Metro and bus as well as information from the airport and ferry.
Outdoor spaces like parks, countryside and coast are widely available across NewcastleGateshead and the perfect place to enjoy fresh air and time outside.
When visiting an outdoor space in NewcastleGateshead, please do so safely and be respectful of the area you are visiting and ensure you are safe by practising social distancing and remaining 2 metres from members of the public outside your household.
It is recommended to avoid times that are usually busy to ensure it is possible to socially distance effectively.
Time outside is limited to your daily exercise and cannot be for socialising. It should be limited to once a day and should be local to your home.
Under national lockdown in England, all businesses and venues including restaurants, bars and cafes must close. This means that restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes across NewcastleGateshead are closed.
However - if a restaurant, cafe or pub is able to offer takeaway or collection only, they will be able to provide this service throughout. Food and non-alcoholic drinks can be ordered for takeaway via click and collect and drive through until 11pm.
Read full government guidelines around which businesses have closed during England's lockdown here.
We will be regularly updating our list of Takeaway food and drink options here including takeaway Sunday lunches, afternoon teas, coffees and more.
Under national lockdown restrictions - entertainment venues, attractions, museums, personal care facilities including spas must close. Check out our Virtual events category for activities to keep you busy during the restrictions.
Hotels and accommodation providers across NewcastleGateshead have been told to close during the national lockdown as outlined in the government's guidelines for staying away from home and holidays.
There are some exemptions for staying in a hotel including for essential work travel, to attend a funeral or visiting your exclusive support bubble.
Visit the official UK government website for the latest information on the coronavirus outbreak and advice for travellers, or take a look at the frequently asked questions on coronavirus on the National Heath Service (NHS) website.
Practical information for visitors, local residents, business owners and signposting to local councils can be found on the NGI website here.
Coronavirus is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. The coronavirus (Covid-19) symptoms include a cough, fever and breathing difficulties. You can find more information on the coronavirus on the National Health Service (NHS) website.
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