NewcastleGateshead, like the rest of the UK, is starting to cautiously reopen after a season of national lockdown. A national move into a new phase of reopening from 12 April 2021 means more flexibility for you to venture out safely and enjoy the first sip of a beer with friends in an outdoor pub garden or spruce up your spring/summer wardrobe with a trip to the shops in NewcastleGateshead. As ever, we are regularly updating our website to make sure you have all the information to stay safe as England begins to reopen. Please check our practical covid information which has details about the latest government advice and any restrictions.
In this section, you will find useful information on when you need to wear a face mask in NewcastleGateshead, how to shop safely in NewcastleGateshead and details of which outdoor attractions are open and ready to welcome visitors.
We recommend that you double check the website of business you wish to visit in advance so that you are confident that 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 and prevent the spread of coronavirus.
From 12 April - it is possible to go shopping in NewcastleGateshead, visit outdoor attractions such as Gibside National Trust or take part in outdoor activities like kayaking with CBK Adventures. It is also the time to revisit your favourite restaurant or pub where you can catch up with friends and family outside. Government restrictions stipulate that you can enjoy time outdoors within the rule of six (that's up to six people from different households) or as two households. Be prepared to book ahead at most restaurants and pubs. You can find out a selection of pub gardens, beer terraces and outdoor dining areas are open in NewcastleGateshead here.
If you are planning a well-earned break from your own four walls, from 12 April households (or social bubbles) can book self-contained accommodation and hopefully from 17 May, visitors and locals alike will be able to explore attractions indoors as well as rediscover NewcastleGateshead's museums, galleries, restaurants and much more. We will update with news as the government continues to roll out their proposed roadmap.
We need your help to keep our region safe. Please remember to wear your masks to respect others from outside your household as well as maintaining a safe distance and regularly washing your hands or using sanitisers when you enter or leave a new building. Thank you for your continued commitment to stopping the spread of coronavirus.
As well as the familiar checklist of hands, face, space - there are a few more useful checks to make to help you visit NewcastleGateshead safely. We recommend checking businesses' opening hours before you visit as they may have changed. We are doing all we can to update our website as thoroughly as possible but we still recommend that you check with 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 launched 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.
The We're Good to Go! standard will also continue when businesses reopen. 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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