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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Key information:

  • Find the latest information on the official UK government website.
  • It is important to adhere to government guidelines in relation to social distancing and you should stay at home as much as possible, safely following advice during the next phases of the coronavirus pandemic as the government leads us out of lockdown.
  • Shops selling non-essential products and outdoor markets will start to reopen in June if they can adhere to appropriate safety measures.
  • If you need to travel for work or to support a vulnerable person, avoid using public transport. If this is the only method of travel, please check your plans before you travel to Newcastle and Gateshead, as transport is running a reduced service.
  • 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.
  • Local residents can register to volunteer their time to support Newcastle City Council reach vulnerable people during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Look after yourselves while you navigate this strange time. There are some excellent resources to help you look after your wellbeing and mental health during Covid 19.  

What are the most recent Government Coronavirus restrictions in England?

You should stay at home as much as possible. The only reasons you should leave home are:

  • for work, where you cannot work from home and have been advised by your employer
  • going to shops that are permitted to be open - to get essentials like food and medicine
  • to exercise or spend time outdoors
  • any medical need, including to donate blood, or to help a vulnerable person.

Over the coming months, the Government will introduce a range of adjustments to current social distancing restrictions, timing these carefully according to both the current spread of the virus and the Government’s ability to ensure public safety. These will happen in “steps”, with strict conditions to safely move to each new step. We will continue to update you with this information about businesses reopening in NewcastleGateshead as guidelines develop.

Guidelines around shops reopening 

The UK government have announced that there will be continued lifting of coronavirus lockdown restrictions in June. This will include the following: 

  • Outdoor markets and car showrooms will be able to reopen from 1 June, as long as the market is able to meet the COVID-19 secure guidelines to protect shoppers and workers. 
  • All other non-essential retail including shops selling clothes, shoes, toys, furniture, books, and electronics, plus tailors, auction houses, photography studios, and indoor markets, will be expected to be able to reopen from 15 June. 

We will keep you updated on developments around which shops are open in Newcastle and Gateshead and how to go shopping safely. 

Enjoying outdoor space in and around NewcastleGateshead

Lockdown guidance changes slightly from Wednesday 13 May in England. Government guidelines state that you will be able to:

  • Spend more time outdoors including sitting and enjoying the fresh air, picnicking or sunbathing with members of your household.
  • You can now meet one other person who is not in your immediate household, but this must only be outdoors and please stay safe by maintaining social distancing guidelines and stay 2 metres apart.
  • You can exercise outdoors as often as you wish ensuring you stay safe and follow social distancing guidelines. Exercising outdoors includes using outdoor sports courts or facilities, such as a tennis or basketball court, or golf course – with members of your household, or one other person while staying 2 metres apart.
  • You can travel in a private vehicle to access outdoor space

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

When visiting an outdoor space in NewcastleGateshead, please do so safely and avoid public transport to reach the destination. Please 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.

  • National Trust will reopen a number of their parks and gardens from 3 June 2020. This includes Gibside National Trust in Gateshead and Wallington in Northumberland. Tickets will need to be booked online in advance. Online booking for National Trust will renew each Friday for visits the week ahead. You can read the full statement from National Trust here which has important information about how you book your place. Please check specific North East National Trust property websites to check for up to date information. Please note that all National Trust pay-to-enter properties, gardens and venues will remain closed.

Available parks and outdoor spaces in Newcastle

Available parks and outdoor spaces in Gateshead

Available parks and outdoor spaces further afield

A reminder of continued restrictions

At all times, you should continue to observe social distancing guidelines when you are outside your home, including ensuring you are 2 metres away from anyone outside your household. As with before, you still cannot:

  • visit friends and family in their homes
  • exercise in an indoor sports court, gym or leisure centre, or go swimming in a public pool
  • use an outdoor gym or playground
  • visit a private or ticketed attraction
  • gather in a group of more than two (excluding members of your own household)

Do I need to wear a face mask in NewcastleGateshead?

Government guidelines state that face coverings are not compulsory. However, if you can, people are advised to wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces where social distancing is not possible, for example, on public transport or in some shops. Please be reminded that you must only leave the house and enter indoor venues if it is necessary for work or to buy essential food.

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

How will coronavirus impact getting around Newcastle and Gateshead?

In response to the current coronavirus outbreak, the UK government has advised that travel is restricted to using private vehicles with those in your immediate household only. Travel is permitted for getting to work and reaching an outdoor space.

There are reductions and revised timetables across all the public transport network to ensure only those who must travel for key work can travel safely. Please see the following websites for more information about travelling in and around NewcastleGateshead via train, Metro and bus as well as information from the airport and ferry.

What restaurants and cafes are open in Newcastle and Gateshead?

All cafes, pubs, bars and restaurants remain closed; however many cafes and restaurants are opening to provide takeaway and delivery. We will be providing suggestions and updated information for takeaways in NewcastleGateshead over the coming weeks. Keep an eye out on our social channels for content: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

What attractions are still open in NewcastleGateshead?

In line with current government restrictions – visitor attractions and ticketed venues remain closed. The following major attractions in Newcastle, Gateshead and the North East are still closed due to the coronavirus outbreak (please find links to their websites for full, up-to-date information):

What accommodation is available in NewcastleGateshead?

Many hotels across NewcastleGateshead have now closed in response to the current pandemic. Some hotels remain open in Newcastle and Gateshead but with restrictions, in particular, if you are a key worker who needs to stay near your place of work or away from your home - some hotels listed below will be able to provide accommodation:

Hotels open in NewcastleGateshead with restrictions:

Hotels closed until further notice:

  • Motel One, Newcastle
  • Cottages in Northumberland
  • Cairn Hotel Jesmond
  • Carlton Hotel Jesmond
  • Hotel Indigo Newcastle
  • Hampton by Hilton Newcastle
  • Holiday Inn Express
  • Sandman Signature
  • Newbridge Hotel
  • Jesmond Dene House
  • Marriott NewcastleGateshead
  • Malmaison
  • Newcastle Jesmond Hotel

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.

NewcastleGateshead on social media

Our social media and emails will look a little differently from usual too in order to reflect the changing circumstances. We will be respecting the seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic and appreciate that it is not appropriate to encourage visitors and locals to travel at this current time.