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The North East will face the tightest Covid-19 restrictions when the national lockdown ends.

All council areas across the region will be placed under tier three from 2 December.

People will still be banned from socialising indoors with people they do not live with, apart from support bubbles.

Pubs and restaurants will remain closed except for delivery and takeaway.

The government has released a list of the restrictions each tier area will face, although shops, hairdressers and gyms will be allowed to reopen. 

Some rules will be relaxed at Christmas to allow three households to form a bubble.

Covid infection rates across the region have been falling over the past week, according to government figures.

Tier allocations will be reviewed for the first time on 16 December, allowing for "the possibility of areas which continue to make progress in slowing the spread of the disease" to be moved down a tier before Christmas, the government said.

Unlike some other parts of England, spectators will not be allowed back into football stadiums or to other large events.

Residents will still be banned from socialising indoors with anyone outside their household or social bubble, although people will be allowed to meet in groups of up to six in outdoor public spaces, and non-essential shops will reopen.

The main restrictions to be aware of are:

  • 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, 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. 

  • indoor entertainment and tourist venues must close. This includes:

  • indoor attractions at mostly outdoor entertainment venues must also close (indoor shops, through-ways and public toilets at such attractions can remain open).

  • 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

See the website for more details and, as always, if you have any questions please complete the form here or email

Short video explaining the Tier system in England

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