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.
You should stay at home as much as possible. The only reasons you should leave home are:
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.
The UK government have announced that there will be continued lifting of coronavirus lockdown restrictions in June. This will include the following:
We will keep you updated on developments around which shops are open in Newcastle and Gateshead and how to go shopping safely.
Lockdown guidance changes slightly from Wednesday 13 May in England. Government guidelines state that you will be able to:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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
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):
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:
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.
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.
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