NewcastleGateshead is so pleased to welcome locals and visitors alike to enjoy our region in full this Christmas. 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 return to normality - it is still necessary to be cautious and considerate when you explore NewcastleGateshead. Please check our practical covid information which has details about the latest government advise.

Staying safe in NewcastleGateshead

Please wear your masks and face coverings when you are shopping in NewcastleGateshead this Christmas. It is also required by law that you wear a face mask when you use public transport - this includes the time you spend within the transport hub as well as riding the metro, bus or in the taxi. We need your help to continue to keep our region safe as enjoy the winter season and navigate the emergence of new variants in the UK. 

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 even in busy Christmas Markets – to protect others, including our frontline workers who we all rely on. (From 30 November 2021: It is mandatory to wear a mask in shops and on public transport)
  • Be cautious – continue to wash your hands, keep your distance where possible and consider taking a covid test before you attend an event or busy Christmas Market over the following weeks.
  • Be kind – many people may still feel anxious about changes to restrictions, be mindful of how others may be feeling when you are out and about. If you do have covid symptoms, please stay home until you have had a negative test.

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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