We're here to help you stay safe when you are in NewcastleGateshead and plan ahead to make the most of 2021!

Hotels have plumped their pillows. Restaurants have set their tables, bars have set their disco balls spinning and attractions have dusted down their displays. NewcastleGateshead is ready to welcome you back! 

With great excitement - NewcastleGateshead, like the rest of England, is so pleased to safely welcome back locals and visitors to enjoy our region in full. Gather your friends and family for a well-earned night on the toon, meal out at one of our fabulous restaurants or book your city break in NewcastleGateshead to rediscover our culture, heritage, theatre and vibrant city. 

Despite a much longed for return to normality - we will continue to update our website to make sure you have all the information to stay safe when you explore NewcastleGateshead. Please check our practical covid information which has details about the latest government advice too. 

We are doing our best to keep our website updated, but we recommend you double check the website of individual businesses you wish to visit in advance so that you are confident you know as much as possible before you go. Not only will this help you have a more enjoyable experience but will help keep both yourselves and others safe in this transition period.

Staying safe and within the guidelines

Despite the full lifting of lockdown restrictions by the government - we ask that you still respect the 'hands, face and space' best practice wherever possible in order to continue to protect one another. We need your help to keep our region safe as we move through this transition to 'normality' so to help protect others and keep the North East open there are some things we can all keep doing:

  • Be considerate – continue wearing a face covering indoors – particularly in crowded areas – and on public transport to protect others, including our frontline workers who we all rely on
  • Be cautious – the pandemic is not over, and continuing to wash hands, wear face coverings, keep your distance and meet outdoors when you can will help to prevent the virus spreading
  • Be kind – many people may still feel anxious about changes to restrictions, be mindful of how others may still want to distance and wear face coverings

Thank you for your continued commitment to reducing the spread of coronavirus and protecting our region.

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Plan ahead...

You may find that many of the venues, restaurants, attractions and public transport providers in NewcastleGateshead have decided to keep their social distancing measures and will ask that you kindly wear a mask, keep your distance and follow any one way signage. You may still need to book tickets and tables ahead at most restaurants and attractions too while venues continue to monitor numbers. We are doing all we can to update our website as thoroughly as possible but we recommend that you check the websites of attractions, businesses and venues directly before visiting.

You can have a look at Newcastle's How Busy is Toon? updates and see in real time how busy the city centre is as well as get tips on parking.

Look out for covid safe accreditations too. Newcastle City Council have implemented a Covid Compliant Assurance scheme for local businesses including hairdressers, gyms and non-essential shops. Keep an eye out for the "We're Covid Compliant" purple tick to demonstrate businesses are ready to welcome you back safely.

We're Good to Go! is the official UK-wide tourism industry standard and consumer kite mark by Visit Britain which was launched to provide visitors with confidence that the attractions, restaurants and venues they wish to visit are taking every step to provide a safe and enjoyable experience - meeting the required standards laid out by government and public health guidance.

You will notice a green mark on our website listings to demonstrate that businesses can proudly state they are Covid Compliant. There are some helpful bullet points on each listing too, outlining what to expect when you arrive at the venue and how they are adapting to provide a safe visit. There is also information about what you need to know before you go such as pre-booking tickets or tables, or arriving at a certain time; there may be certain requirements that are specific to each venue.

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