Coronavirus: Lockdown information
The most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home or minimise contact with others in order to protect the NHS and save lives.
The latest government advice on what you need to do during the coronavirus pandemic can be found here.
On 23 March 2020 UK-wide lockdown measures were introduced. Starting in May the government announced changes to relax the lockdown measures in stages as follows:
10 May 2020 - Slight relaxation including allowing more outdoor exercise. You can find our more here.
1 June 2020 - People can meet in groups of up to six people in outdoor spaces including private gardens. You can find guidance on how to do this safely here.
13 June 2020 - Social distancing measures changed to allow people living alone or in single adult households to form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household. This means people in the support bubble will be able to spend time inside the other person’s home, including overnight, without the need to stay 2 metres apart. These measures don’t apply to people in the shielding group. You can find more information here.
4 July 2020 - Social distancing will change to 1 metre plus. This means that you should still observe 2 metres social distancing wherever possible but where it is not possible to stay two metres apart, guidance will allow people to stay one metre apart with mitigation to reduce the risk of transmission. Any two households of any size will be able to meet both inside and outside as long as they follow social distancing guidelines. You can meet with up to six people from more than one other household outdoors. Gatherings of over 30 people will be against the law except in exceptional circumstance. More guidance on these changes can be found here.
People in the shielding category and those who are clinically vulnerable should be especially careful and extra diligent about social distancing and hand hygiene. Details of people classed as clinically vulnerable can be found here.
23 June 2020 - If you are in the shielding category you can leave your home as long as you strictly adhere to the social distancing guidelines. You can also meet with one other person outside your home if you live in a single adult household - this should be the same person wherever possible. You can find more information here.
6 July 2020 - If you are in the shielding category you will be able to meet up to six people from different households outside as long as you maintain strict social distancing. You will no longer need to socially distance from other members of your own household. If you live in a single adult household you will be able to form a support bubble with one other household
Places of worship
13 June 2020 - Places of worship can reopen for individual prayer. This means you can go to a place of worship either alone or with members of your household to pray as long as you adhere to social distancing rules while you are there. Services, groups and communal prayers are still not allowed. You can find more information here.
4 July 2020 - Places of worship can reopen including for weddings of no more than 30 people as long as they are social distancing guidelines are followed. You can find more information here.
Retail and leisure
15 June 2020 - More shops and businesses will be allowed to reopen. The government have issued new guidelines to help them start planning to reopen which can be found here.
4 July 2020 - Restaurants, pubs and social clubs which operate as a pub or restaurant will be able to reopen as long as they are Covid secure and social distancing is maintained. You may be required to provide your contact details when visiting these venues. You can find more information on the reopening of bars and restaurants here.
- Hairdressers and barber shops will be permitted to reopen for services that relate to cutting or treating hair on the head only. All other close contact services such as nail bars and tattooists must remain closed. You can find more information here.
- Public places such as libraries, community centres, outdoor play grounds and outdoor gyms, theme parks, museums and cinemas will be able to open as long as they are Covid secure. You can find more information here.
September 2020 - All students should return to school in September. More guidance will be published on this in the coming weeks.
8 June 2020 - Anyone entering the UK from abroad will need to self-isolate for 14 days. You can find guidance here.
15 June 2020 - You must wear a face covering if you're using public transport unless you are exempt on medical grounds. If you are exempt on medical grounds you may find it useful to download a Journey Assistance Card from https://www.nexus.org.uk/journey-assistance-cards to show to staff when you are travelling on public transport in Tyne and Wear. You can find guidance on face coverings and what else you can do to stay safe outside here.
4 July 2020 - Hotels and other guest accommodation in England will be able to reopen providing all guests are in self-contained accommodation and are Covid secure. More information can be found here.