NewcastleGateshead Latest Coronavirus Information and Practical Advice

Please read on for official coronavirus UK guidance and resources for travelling safely to and within Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead.

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The Prime Minister set out on October 12 how the government will further simplify and standardise local rules around coronavirus restrictions by introducing a three tiered system of local COVID Alert Levels in England.

Newcastle, Gateshead and surrounding North East areas from Monday 12 October are classified in the 'Tier 2, High' category of Covid-19 restrictions.

  • Only socialise as your household / support bubble indoors. Rule of 6 outdoors (including private gardens).
    • You must not socialise with anybody outside of your household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place.
    • You can socialise in a group of no more than 6 outside, including in a garden or other spaces like beaches or parks (other than where specific exemptions apply in law)
  • Businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law (ie nightclubs)
  • There is a late night curfew on operating hours at leisure and entertainment venues (including pubs, restaurants, cinemas and bowling alleys) which are required to close between 10pm to 5am. It is a legal requirement for the venue to be fully closed by 10pm so except earlier last orders and closing times at venues so they can clean and close by 10pm.
  • Hospitality for food and drink will be restricted to table service only and bookings of a maximum 6 people (indoors for family and support bubble only)
  • Businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through
  • Schools, universities and places of worship remain open
  • Exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors. These will only be permitted indoors if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with or share a support bubble with, or for youth or disability sport
  • You can continue to travel to venues or amenities that are open, for work or to access education, but should look to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible
  • Face masks must be worn in multiple settings - click here for the full requirements.
  • Restrictions will be reviewed every 14 days, review regulations every 28 days, expire after 6 months.

Residents are also advised to adhere to the following guidance to further reduce rates of infection:

  • only to use public transport for essential purposes, such as travelling to school or work
  • please do not share private cars
  • take holidays only within your own household or support bubble
  • avoid attending amateur and semi-professional sporting events as spectators
  • work from home where possible

It is vital that we all adhere to government guidelines in relation to:

  • regularly washing hands
  • wearing face masks (here is a reminder of where you need to wear a face mask).
  • maintaining social distancing, staying 2 metres apart from non-household members. 

Read the Newcastle City Council FAQs with answers to many of your questions about local lockdown restrictions.

What is a support bubble? 

  • A support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with another household (on an exclusive basis). Households within a bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight, and visit public places together.
  • A childcare bubble is where someone in one household can provide informal (i.e. unpaid and unregistered) childcare to a child aged 13 or under in another household. This must occur on an exclusive basis - always the same two households.

    Key information and most recent Government guidelines for the UK:

    • Find the latest information on the official UK government website.
    • From 14 September: Social gatherings in England must be limited to no more than six people and will be enforced by law. The rule applies to people in private homes, indoors and outdoors, and places such as pubs, restaurants, cafes and public outdoor spaces.
    • Please protect yourselves and others by safely following advice during the next phases of the coronavirus pandemic.
    • For travellers already in the UK who need medical advice, use the 111 online coronavirus service to get further information.
    • Please also find the latest UK travel information from Visit Britain here.
    • Look after yourselves. There are some excellent resources to help you look after your wellbeing and mental health during Covid 19.
    • If you have symptoms, self isolation time has now been extended from 7 to 10 days.

    Can I still travel to NewcastleGateshead and the North East?

    • Read the government guidelines in full here on visiting an area (like Newcastle and Gateshead) that is in coronavirus restricted measures. 
    • You can only stay in a private accommodation - which includes self-catered accommodation such as holiday cottages, apartments or boats - with members of your own household or support bubble
    • You can stay in a hotel or similar accommodation (for example, a hostel or bed and breakfast) with another household, but should avoid sharing rooms with people you do not live with or otherwise socialising indoors, for example in each other's rooms, in reception areas, or in restaurants and bars
    • You should not share private vehicles to travel to your holiday destination.
    • You can travel into an area with local restrictions on holiday. Whilst inside the area, you should follow the guidance set out above.
    • You should not visit or stay in anyone’s private home inside or outside of the restricted area (except for your support bubble).

    How will coronavirus lockdown restrictions impact getting around Newcastle and Gateshead?

    Please consider whether you need to use public transport for your journey as you are advised to only travel on public transport if it is essential (ie to get to work or school).

      Getting around NewcastleGateshead is still back to a relatively normal service with buses, metros and other transport running to a full schedule. 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.

      If you do need to use public transport to get around Newcastle and Gateshead, please make sure to stay safe and respect others by wearing a face mask, washing your hands or using hand sanitiser provided and keeping your distance. 

      Which outdoor spaces, parks and facilities are open in Newcastle and Gateshead?

      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. 

      Outdoor spaces in Newcastle

      Outdoor spaces in Gateshead

      Outdoor spaces further afield

      Find a full list of FAQs here from the UK Government relating to current social distancing restrictions in England.

      What restaurants and cafes are open in Newcastle and Gateshead?

      New local lockdown restrictions in the North East state that pubs, restaurants and certain hospitality venues must close from 10pm - 5am. 

        These venues include:

        • Pubs
        • Bars and restaurants (including hotel dining rooms and members’ clubs)
        • Cafes including most workplace canteens
        • Social clubs
        • Cinemas
        • Casinos
        • Bingo halls and concert halls
        • Amusement arcades or other indoor leisure centres or facilities
        • Static/fixed funfairs (indoors or outdoors), theme parks, and adventure parks and activities

        Restaurants and pubs are still open across NewcastleGateshead. All hospitality indoors will be limited to table service only and with minimal staff and customer contact. Customers will also have to give contact details when they enter.

          Restaurants, cafes and pubs have implemented new measures to make sure they are in line with government guidelines around social distancing and ask that diners adhere to these new measures. More information about how to book a table at a restaurant, pub or cafe in NewcastleGateshead can be found on our Food and Drink hub. 

            • Businesses selling food or drink (including cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants), social clubs, casinos, bowling alleys, amusement arcades (and other indoor leisure centres or facilities), funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls, must be closed between 10pm and 5am. This will include takeaways but delivery services can continue after 10pm (from 24 September).
            • Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can stay open after 10pm, only if the performance started before 10pm. They should not serve food or drink after this time.
            • In licensed premises, food and drink must be ordered from, and served at, a table.

            What attractions have reopened in NewcastleGateshead?

            Indoor venues and attractions are now open across NewcastleGateshead including casinos, swimming pools and bowling alleys. Nightclubs remain closed and most theatres are also closed for the foreseeable future while they navigate new restrictions and implement safety measures.

              Click here to find out which attractions in NewcastleGateshead are open.

                What accommodation is available in NewcastleGateshead?

                Many hotels and accommodation providers have now reopened across the North East. Visitors who wish to book a short break, family get away or staycation (within their household or support bubble) have a choice of campsites, hotels and accommodation across the North East which are reopening in line with new government guidelines.

                Find out which hotels are open in NewcastleGateshead.

                Additional information around coronavirus in NewcastleGateshead

                Further resources

                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.

                What is coronavirus?

                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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