North East UK news North East lockdown measures confirmed as government reveals new rules MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - The government has announced that new restrictions will come into force in Newcastle, Gateshead, Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Sunderland and County Durham on Friday
Breaking News ! Tougher lockdown-style measures to stop households mixing are being imposed in the North East in response to a spike in Covid-19 cases, the government has now confirmed. Health secretary Matt Hancock has announced that new restrictions will come into force in Newcastle, Gateshead, Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Sunderland and County Durham on Friday. Residents across all seven boroughs are being told not to socialise with anyone outside of their own household or support bubble – indoors or outdoors. There are also new limits being imposed on pubs, restaurants and other food and drink premises – which will be restricted to table service only. Leisure and entertainment venues must also close between 10pm and 5am. A support bubble allows a single-adult household to join with one other household of any size. Full details of all the restrictions the region will face are yet to be announced, but Mr Hancock confirmed the initial details on Thursday morning. Read More Related Articles Newcastle hospital boss claims 'nanny state' local lockdown will “prolong the pain” of Covid-19 Read More Related Articles Return of 50,000 students to Newcastle 'a serious problem' as Covid cases rise It is hoped that the new measures can reverse the huge spike in positive coronavirus cases seen over recent weeks and will avoid the need for the region to be placed back into a full lockdown. Mr Hancock told the House of Commons that Sunderland now had a "concerning" Covid-19 rate of 103 positive cases per 100,000 people, with the number above 70 in Newcastle, Gateshead and South Tyneside. The health secretary said: “I know, the whole House knows, that these decisions have a real impact on families, on businesses and on local communities and I can tell everyone affected that we do not take these decisions lightly. “We agree with the local councils that we must follow the data and act and the data says that we must act now so that we can control the virus and keep people safe." Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes said on Thursday that the temporary restrictions would hopefully “head off the potential of any further damaging full lockdown across our region”. He added: “We know the numbers are going up. We know this is not just something that is affecting young people, but it is starting to spread across generations.” (Image: Newcastle Chronicle) On Monday, it was revealed that the seven local councils were writing to the government to ask for tougher restrictions to be imposed.
. While infection rates are not as high in some parts of the North East, leaders have pushed for restrictions covering a wide area to make them as effective as possible – limiting the risk of, for example, people crossing borough borders to find an open pub. In early August, the North East was reported to have the lowest rates of Covid-19 infections in the country. However, case numbers have risen rapidly in recent weeks – which led to Gateshead, Newcastle, Sunderland and South Tyneside all being placed on the government’s coronavirus watchlist as areas needing ‘enhanced support’ last Friday. Figures published by the NHS showed that the virus is on the rise in all seven boroughs. Sunderland has the highest number in the region of new cases per 100,000 people with 72.8 in the seven days to September 12. South Tyneside was next with 69.9, then Gateshead on 68.1, Newcastle with 51, North Tyneside with 39.8, Durham with 34, and Northumberland on 21.9. Bolton had by far the highest rate of infection in the country with 173.8 new cases.
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