These are the places in the North East that would have to close if Tier 3 lockdown is imposed
If the North East enters Tier 3 lockdown these are the restrictions that will be imposed and the businesses that will be forced to close.
The region was automatically placed in Tier 2 – the ‘high alert level’ – when the Government announced its new three-tier system last week.
A joint statement – issued by the leaders of councils in Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland on Friday, October 16 – confirmed that Covid alert level two will remain in place for the time being following ‘constructive discussions’ with the Government.
It said: “There is absolutely no room for complacency.
“We are at a critical point and cannot afford to let the virus rip through our communities – we need everyone to do their bit."
So what are the minimum restrictions if a Tier 3 lockdown was imposed?
Pubs and bars would have to close, except those that operate as if they were a restaurant - which means serving substantial meals, like a main lunchtime or evening meal; they may only serve alcohol as part of such a meal. They will also be subject to a 10pm curfew. Residents would not be able to socialise with anybody they do not live with or have formed a support bubble with. This includes in any indoor setting, private garden or at most outdoor hospitality venues and ticketed events. Socialise in a group of more than six in an outdoor public space such as a park or beach, the countryside, a public garden or a sports venue would be prohibited. Schools and universities would remain open Places of worship would remain open but household mixing will be prohibited Weddings and funerals could go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees. Wedding receptions would not be allowed.
Exercise classes and organised sport could continue to take place outdoors but would only be permitted indoors if it is possible for people to avoid household/support bubble mixing or for youth or disability sport.
People should ‘try to avoid’ travelling outside the very high alert level area or enter a very high alert level area. Unless it is for things like work, education or youth services, to meet caring responsibilities or if you are travelling through as part of a longer journey.
People should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK if they are resident in a very high alert level area, or avoid staying overnight in a very high alert level area if they are resident elsewhere.