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MetiNews.Com - A night out on Tyneside just got a lot harder due to the new Government measures
Breaking News ! The North East's pubs must now shut at 10pm - and you can forget about queuing at the bar. Those are some the new rules facing drinkers after the Government announced local lockdown-style restrictions on our region. Around two million people will be subject to the tough new measures, brought in to try and curb the soaring infection rate. Announcing the new rules, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: "We’ve seen concerning rates of infection in parts of the North East. “Sunderland, for example, now has an incidence rate of 103 positive cases per 100,000 population. “And in South Tyneside, Gateshead and Newcastle, figures are all above 70.” So can I still go out? Pubs and bars are still open - albeit with more rules. People in the Bigg Market area of Newcastle on 'Super Saturday' (Image: PA) The North East's boozers have only been serving for two months, since they reopened following the national lockdown on July 4. Last week, bosses at venues across Newcastle told ChronicleLive that closing them would spell disaster, especially in a city famed for its nightlife. With that in mind, venues have been allowed to remain open. So can I go for a drink with my mates? Possibly not. Probably the most restrictive rule is that you can only actually go with people in your household, or support bubble. So, unless you live with your friends, you can't go out with them. Read More Related Articles North East lockdown restrictions confirmed and they're tougher than the Midlands measures Read More Related Articles Lockdown-style restrictions will be in place from midnight tonight, confirms Government minister If you live with a partner, or parents, they will be your sole drinking partners now until these measures are lifted. If you live alone, you can have a support bubble with another household - you probably already have if that is the case - so you can go with them.
. That doesn't just apply to pubs and bars, but all leisure and entertainment venues. Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes earlier revealed the rules mean takeaways can only do deliveries after 10pm. The curfew runs between 10pm and 5am. Critics suggest though that, if the thought process is that it will stop people getting so drunk they forget to socially distance, that people may instead just start drinking earlier. What do you think of the restrictions? Let us know by taking our short survey
Venues will also have to stick exclusively to table service, although many have already done that. The 'rule of six', which came in nationally on Monday, also remains in place. That limits the number of people you can be with at any one time. However, again, many venues have already had that rule in place themselves. And considering most people don't live with more than six people, in most cases, it will be naturally adhered too. Why these rules though - what difference could they make? Again, Nick Forbes outlined this on BBC Radio Four earlier today. He said the North East's councils had realised that many infections were linked to household meetings, grassroot sport and pubs and bars. So these new rules are all about looking at areas where social distancing has been a bit lax. "In pubs and restaurants we have asked for a 10pm curfew of all pubs and restaurants and we have also asked for table service only," he said, with the move aimed at stopping people "congregating and standing around bar areas"," he said. "It is much easier for people to maintain social distancing if it is seating only."
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