Coronavirus: Tier 3 restrictions
Tier 3 'very high' alert
From Wednesday 2 December Newcastle and its six neighbouring local authority areas will be subject to the ‘very high’ set of local restrictions.
This will apply across Newcastle, Northumberland, Sunderland, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and County Durham, and will come into effect from 00:01 on Wednesday, bringing the four-week national lockdown to an end.
‘Very high’ restrictions mean residents must not mix indoors with those outside their household or support bubble; outdoor gatherings must be limited to six people with social distancing in place; and hospitality premises must remain closed except for takeaway and delivery services.
Other measures in place include:
Accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, and guest houses must close. There are several exemptions, such as for those who use these venues as their main residence, and those requiring the venues where it is reasonably necessary for work or education and training.
Indoor entertainment and tourist venues must close.
leisure and sports facilities may continue to stay open, but group exercise classes (including fitness and dance) should not go ahead. Saunas and steam rooms should close
No public attendance at spectator sport or indoor performances and large business events should not be taking place. Elite sport events may continue to take place without spectators
Large outdoor events (performances and shows) should not take place, with the exception of drive-in events
Places of worship remain open, but you must not attend with or socialise with anyone outside of your household or support bubble while you are there, unless a legal exemption applies
Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions are not allowed, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, 15 people can attend linked commemorative events
Organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue, however higher-risk contact activity should not take place
Organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes cannot take place indoors. There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s
You can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible
Avoid travelling to other parts of the UK, including for overnight stays other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. You can travel through other areas as part of a longer journey
Visit the government website to view the full set of restrictions, exemptions and latest guidance.
Did you know?
Tier 3 restrictions come into force on Wednesday 2 December
We can all do our bit by following the new rules, the HANDS - FACE - SPACE guidance and knowing the symptoms and when to get tested.