North East set for new lockdown measures this week with 10pm curfew for pubs

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People in the North East will also be banned from meeting anyone outside their households as part of new restrictions reportedly coming into force just after midnight on Friday

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The North East is set to get new lockdown measures enforced, including a 10pm curfew imposed on pubs and a ban on meeting anyone outside your household.

The new lockdown restrictions are expected to be coming into force just after midnight on Friday.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock will make a formal announcement in the House of Commons at 11.30am on Thursday.

Speaking earlier this week, Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes said: “There is universal concern from council leaders across our region about the exponential rise in Covid cases over the last week.

“Unless we get on with this now, we are facing a bigger problem down the line which could end up in a full lockdown.

“It is better to try to introduce measures which will prevent that, even though that may mean some additional restrictions over the next few weeks.

“We are working with the government on a plan for what those could mean and how we can get those measures in place over the next few weeks to protect our communities and having to go into another prolonged, damaging lockdown.”

As ChronicleLive reports, a 10pm curfew is also due to be imposed on pubs, restaurants and other licensed premises.

Newcastle, Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Gateshead, County Durham and Sunderland are all expected to be included.

No official announcement has been made about the lockdown plans, but the Department for Health and Social Care is expected to confirm the measures on Thursday morning.

Health Minister Edward Argar said infection rates had risen “significantly” and confirmed the local councils had asked for « additional measures ».

It’s understood council chiefs have asked the government for more funding to help communicate with residents, for immediate additional testing capacity and for help for affected businesses.

ChronicleLive reports the restrictions will include a ban on socialising with anyone outside your household, whether in a private home or garden, in a public space such as a park, or in a venue such as a pub or restaurant.

A household only includes the people who you live with. Even close relatives count as a different household if they live in a different property.

Pubs and other licensed premises will remain open, but guests will only be allowed to socialise with people from their own households, and they will have to close by 10pm.

These are on top of the « rule of six » in force nationwide, which allows people to socialise only in groups of six or fewer. The new North East rules will mean the rule of six still applies, but those six people must all come from the same household.

It’s unclear how measures will be enforced. Last week the Government introduced limited restrictions in Birmingham, barring people from socialising with people from other households in their homes or gardens, enforceable with a £100 fine. It remains to be seen whether there will be fines in the North East.

It’s likely that exceptions will be made for people in « support bubbles ». A support bubble is a household with only one adult in the home (known as a single-adult household) which joins with one other household of any size. They are effectively treated as one household.

The seven local authorities in the area have been pushing the Department for Health to allow them to introduce local restrictions, in order to control the spread of Covid-19 and save lives. At the moment, cases are rising in all seven local authority areas.

Speaking earlier this week, Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes said: “There is universal concern from council leaders across our region about the exponential rise in Covid cases over the last week.

As Boris Johnson briefly referenced in today’s Prime Minister’s Questions, a new Lighthouse Lab facility could be based on Tyneside and bring a significant number of jobs to the region.

The UK Lighthouse Labs have been established to increase the number of coronavirus tests that can take place each day to support the national fight against the pandemic.

Source: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/north-east-set-new-lockdown-22695153

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