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3 Tier System

The North east is under new restrictions from today (Wednesday, 14th October 2020) and there are changes to who you can meet.

The Government’s ‘Three-tier’ model has replaced the patchwork of restrictions that were popping up across differing regions of the country.

The new system is designed to simplify the rules and ranges from medium - high - very high.  This system is to be used across England meaning wherever you live you will follow the restriction level in place for your part of the country.

Sunderland and South Tyneside (as well as Newcastle, North Tyneside, Gateshead, Durham and Northumberland) are in the ‘High’ alert level.

We’ve spent some time looking at the new system and compiled a list of what you can and cannot do.

Can I meet people from other households?

Yes and no.  You are not permitted to meet with family and friends in 'any' indoor settings including in pubs and restaurants, unless in a support bubble.

However, you can now meet up with family and friends, who you do not live with, in an outside space, including in a private garden or other outdoor space.  This is a change to the previous restrictions in place on the North East.

You must continue to adhere to the rule of six and limit group numbers and continue social distancing with members outside your household.

Rules on childcare 

There are certain people you will be able to use for childcare under the restrictions.  

Registered childcare providers, people in your support bubble and childcare bubble will continue to be able to provide childcare.

A childcare bubble is where someone from a household other then yours provides informal (unpaid and unregistered) childcare to your child/ children aged under 13 or under.  Childcare bubbles must always be between the same 2 households.

Rules for students in school, college and university

Wherever possible, schools remain open under the new restrictions but latest rules confirm university students will not be able to move between addresses.

As these new sets of rules were unveiled on Monday, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson said schools would remain unaffected by restrictions no matter what tier applied.

The guidance states that students living in their term time accommodation in a High alert level area will not be allowed to move between their term time address and their permanent address.

Visiting relatives in a care home?

Currently those in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cannot visit their relatives in care home settings except for circumstances including those visiting people who are at the end of their life.​