WASHINGTON and the rest of Tyne and Wear will be under Tier 3 restrictions when the government’s national ‘lockdown’ ends next week.
In an announcement made to the House of Commons this morning, Health Secretary Matt Hancock addressed the new tiered system with enhanced restrictions.
While a postcode checker, which crashed within minutes of launching earlier today, has been created to help clarify where restrictions are changing, it has been confirmed that the unified North East authority including Sunderland, South Tyneside, Gateshead, Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside, County Durham and Northumberland will enter the highest tier from next Wednesday.
Mr Hancock said the areas being pushed into Tier 3 “need to be there” in order to decrease coronavirus transmission rates.
Pubs, restaurants and hospitality venues will be required to close, with permission to continue sales by takeaway, collection or delivery. Indoor and outdoor entertainment venues must also close with very few exemptions.
The full list of Tier 3 restrictions is as follows:
you must not meet socially indoors or in most outdoor places with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble, this includes in any private garden or at most outdoor venues
you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in some other outdoor public spaces, including parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, a public garden, grounds of a heritage site or castle, or a sports facility – this is called the ‘rule of 6’
hospitality settings, such as bars (including shisha venues), pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed – they are permitted to continue sales by takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services.
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. This includes:
indoor play centres and areas, including trampolining parks and soft play
amusement arcades and adult gaming centres
laser quests and escape rooms
cinemas, theatres and concert halls
indoor attractions at mostly outdoor entertainment venues must also close (indoor shops, through-ways and public toilets at such attractions can remain open). This includes indoor attractions within:
zoos, safari parks, and wildlife reserves
aquariums, visitor attractions at farms, and other animal attractions
museums, galleries and sculpture parks
botanical gardens, biomes or greenhouses
theme parks, circuses, fairgrounds and funfairs
visitor attractions at film studios, heritage sites such as castles and stately homes
landmarks including observation decks and viewing platforms
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
there should be 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
for international travel see the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advice for your destination and the travel corridors list