Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Prime Minister set out on October 12 how the government will further simplify and standardise local rules by introducing a three tiered system of local COVID Alert Levels in England.

Addressing MPs before hosting a Downing Street press conference, he confirmed the levels will be set at medium, high, and very high.

North East; Northumberland, North Tyneside, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland and County Durham, to be classified in the 'High' level.

UPDATED 13 October You can read the latest regulations from Government on restrictions in the North East here as the region is placed in the 'High' bracket, the second tier of the Government's three-tier system. Regulations apply from October 14.

The latest daily COVID-19 figures are available here. (23/10/2020)

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Self-isolation enforcement and support

From 28 September, people who ae legally required to self-isolate will be fined if they breach the regulations.  The penalty will start at £1,000 for a first offence but could increase to up to £10,000 for repeat offenders.  These fines will also apply to employers who refuse to allow staff the time off work to self-isolate.

People on low incomes who are required to self-isolate may be entitled to a support payment of £500 if they are unable to work from home and have lost wages while self-isolating.  Go here to apply.

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