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NewcastleGateshead is ready to welcome you safely in 2022. 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.

Lifting of all government restrictions from April 2022 means that face masks are no longer mandatory, testing is not mandatory and restrictions are no longer in place but we do still ask that you are considerate when you explore NewcastleGateshead. 

Staying safe in NewcastleGateshead

Despite the full lifting of covid 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. 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 when you are hitting the shops and see in real time how busy the city centre is as well as get tips on parking. Consider exploring your local high streets too, there's great food, drink and retail with a truly independent flavour in Heaton, Jesmond, Ouseburn, Gosforth and Fenham.

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.