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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Newcastle and the North East (and England) are currently under full national lockdown: Stay at Home restrictions.

  • Read the full and most up to date guidance around national lockdown on the official government website:

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:

  • You must not  leave or be outside your home expect to shop for necessities, seek medical advice, go to work if essential, volunteering and to exercise. 
  • You must not meet socially indoors or outside with family or friends outside your household - meaning the people you live with - or support bubble. 
  • You cannot meet in a private garden.
  • You can exercise outside on your own or with one other person or with your household or support bubble. This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area to exercise.

Under national lockdown, the government has ordered all businesses must close - shops selling essential goods and medical necessities remain open.

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

  • 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

Please visit for specific updates on localised restrictions from the North East councils.

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:

    Are shops open in lockdown?

    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.

    Can I still travel to NewcastleGateshead and the North East?

    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 website here.

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

    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. 

    Stay home. 

    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.

    If you do need to travel, please follow the following guidelines: 

    • You should not share private vehicles.
    • Try to limit use of public transport and avoid peak times by planning ahead
    • Try to walk or cycle to get around locally
    • Wear your mask, wash your hands or use hand sanitiser and respect the two-metre social distancing guidelines.

      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.

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

      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. 

        Outdoor spaces in Newcastle

        Outdoor spaces in Gateshead

        Outdoor spaces further afield

        • Tynemouth, Whitley Bay, South Shields and the North East coast (beaches and outdoor space only)
        • Hadrian's Wall Country - Enjoy a stroll in the Northumberland countryside. Check the Hadrian's Wall Country website for updated information.

        Which restaurants and cafes are open in Newcastle and Gateshead?

        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.

            Which attractions have reopened in NewcastleGateshead?

            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.

              Click here to find out which attractions in NewcastleGateshead are now closed.

              What accommodation is available in NewcastleGateshead?

              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

              • Overnight stays and holidays away from primary residences are not allowed - including holidays in the UK and abroad. This includes staying in a second home or caravan, if you own one, or staying with anyone you do not live with or are in a support bubble with.

              There are some exemptions for staying in a hotel including for essential work travel, to attend a funeral or visiting your exclusive support bubble. 

              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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