Tier 2 covid restrictions 'tough enough' for Northumberland - county could go it alone if North East faces further tightening

Northumberland’s council leader has hinted that the county could go its own way if tougher restrictions were on the table for the North East.

There are some who feel Northumberland should not be under the same restrictions as the rest of the North East
There are some who feel Northumberland should not be under the same restrictions as the rest of the North East

For Northumberland, this means that the restrictions will remain largely unchanged from what had been in place since the middle of September, but different households will now be able to meet in gardens or outdoor public spaces under the rule of six. Up until now, mixing in gardens was banned, while people were advised against meeting up outdoors.

The Liverpool City Region is the only area of the country so far to be placed into the tier three – very high restrictions, which place stricter limits on household mixing and mean pubs and bars that don’t serve meals must close.

A statement by the leaders of Sunderland, South Tyneside, Northumberland, Newcastle, Gateshead and Durham councils, the Elected Mayor of North Tyneside Council and North of Tyne Mayor said: “We were clear in our discussions with the Government that stricter measures for our region would not be welcome.”

And at the Tuesday, October 13, meeting of Northumberland County Council’s cabinet, leader Glen Sanderson said: “We are at a difficult stage, we know we are in tier two now and I think that is quite sufficient for us in Northumberland, they are tough enough already. I certainly would not want to see anything tougher.

“I think we need to look carefully at a Northumberland plan and should there be the threat of tier three that looks like it might be coming towards us, that we are prepared for that, because I do not think the tier three restrictions are necessary for our county as a whole.

“Having said that, we will continue to be advised by public health experts and that will always be the key important thing. Taking public health first, but we must take people with us as well in all of this.”

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