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.
Government restrictions and guidelines for the easing of lockdown include the following:
It is important to be cautious and continue to adhere to safety measures including washing your hands, wearing masks and maintaining social distance. On Monday 22 February, the government laid out their road map for easing lockdown. England is now in the first stages of easing the national lockdown. The government plans will be based on data and will be reviewed at each stage, therefore projected dates are subject to change. Read the government's plans in full on their official website: gov.uk/covid-19-response
From 12 April, all shops - both essential and non-essential retailers including indoor and outdoor markets - can open in Newcastle and Gateshead. All shops and traders that are open are expected to follow COVID-19 secure guidelines to protect customers, visitors and workers.
Personal care and close contact services such as hairdressers and barbers, beauty salons, nail salons and beauty services can also reopen from 12 April.
As the UK begins to ease out of a national lockdown, the rules and restrictions around travel will begin to ease. Between 29 March - 11 April 2021 the government guidelines state:
It is not possible to stay in self-contained accommodation until 12 April at the earliest... so until then, stay local if you live outside the North East and we look forward to welcoming you for a stay later in the year.
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.
Between 29 March and 11 April in the initial phases of the easing of lockdown, it is still advised to stay local and keep travel to a minimum. Consider your journeys, you should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make.
Find out how you can travel safely to receive your confirmed vaccination at Newcastle's Centre for Life here.
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.
From 29 March, a number of outdoor attractions have begun to reopen and offer visitors a change of scene in their grounds only. Find out which outdoor attractions have reopened here.
From 12 April, restaurants, bars, cafes and pubs can provide table service for visitors enjoying food and drink outside only. Masks must be worn when moving around or using the toilet facilities. Dining and drinks outside must be with your household, within the rule of six, or with two households.
Restaurants, cafes or pubs may still provide takeaway or collection only. Food and non-alcoholic drinks only can be ordered for takeaway via click and collect and drive through until 11pm.
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.
Some outdoor attractions and indoor gym and leisure facilities like swimming pools and climbing walls can reopen from 12 April.
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.
From 12 April, self-contained accommodation will hopefully be able to reopen for households and from 17 May, it is proposed that all accommodation will reopen.
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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