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 and most recent Government guidelines:

  • Find the latest information on the official UK government website.
  • It is important to adhere to government guidelines in relation to social distancing, staying 2 metres apart from non-household members; a 1-metre+ distance from people outside your household is recommended if it is not possible to maintain 2 metres.
  • Please protect yourselves and others by safely following advice during the next phases of the coronavirus pandemic as the government leads us out of lockdown.
  • Wearing a face covering in NewcastleGateshead: 
    • it is mandatory to wear face masks in shops, supermarkets and indoor shopping centres in England
    • it is mandatory to wear face masks on all public transport and inside transport hubs.
    • From 8 August, it will become mandatory to wear a face mask inside attractions, cinemas, public areas in hotels and beauty and lifestyle venues.
    • Find out all the details of where you need to wear a face mask in NewcastleGateshead here.
  • Try to avoid using public transport at peak and busy periods. Please check your plans before you travel to Newcastle and Gateshead. Transport operators are now running normal services but it is still recommended to check as there is still limitations to the numbers of travellers at a time to ensure social distancing. 
  • Two households of any size will be able to meet in any setting inside or out.
  • Outdoors, people can meet in groups of up to six - but two households can meet regardless of size
  • Restaurants and pubs have reopened across NewcastleGatesheadAll hospitality indoors will be limited to table service and with minimal staff and customer contact. Customers will also have to give contact details when they enter
  • Holiday accommodation - including hotels, B&Bs, cottages, campsites and caravan parks have begun to reopen.
  • Indoor venues and attractions are beginning to reopen across NewcastleGateshead.
  • The following venues and facilities remain closed (updated 3 August): Nightclubs and casinos, bowling alleys, indoor skating rinks and indoor soft play centres
  • From 25 July, some spas, indoor gyms, leisure facilities and swimming pools reopened.
  • 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
  • Self isolation time if you have symptoms has now been extended from 7 to 10 days.

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.

How will coronavirus impact getting around Newcastle and Gateshead?

Getting around NewcastleGateshead is back to more normal service with buses, metros and other transport running a near full schedule. Please see the following websites for more specific 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?

From 4 July, restaurants, many of the pubs, restaurants and cafes reopened in NewcastleGateshead with great success. There were new measures introduced at each venue to make sure they adhered to government guidelines around social distancing. 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. 

Many cafes and restaurants have been providing takeaway and delivery throughout recent months while there are a number of NewcastleGateshead coffee shops open for takeaway hot drinks and those looking for a dose of luxury can order Afternoon Tea deliveries and even deliveries of craft beer from your favourite pubs

What attractions have reopened in NewcastleGateshead?

From 4 July, museums, cinemas and some indoor attractions began to reopen to the public making sure they adhered to government guidelines around social distancing. 

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

    What accommodation is available in NewcastleGateshead?

    Many hotels across NewcastleGateshead closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Steps are in place to reopen now and visitors who wish to book a short break, family get away or staycation 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.