18 September 2020

Local Lockdowns - North East

The Government has announced local lockdowns, effective today, in the North East

The Government has announced local lockdowns, effective today, in the North East – specifically, for the following areas:

 

  • Northumberland
  • North Tyneside
  • Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Gateshead
  • South Tyneside
  • Sunderland
  • County Durham

 

Restrictions on the following areas are also due to come into force on Tuesday next week: Lancashire, Merseyside, parts of the Midlands and West Yorkshire.

 

The National Federation of Builders would like to reassure members that while employers and staff in these areas should be extra-vigilant, workplaces are unaffected and construction sites remain open and operational under the current Site Operating Procedures and COVID-Secure workplace guidance. It is still permitted to travel in and out of these areas for work purposes. Those members who work in people’s homes can continue to do so and house moves (including viewings) are also still permitted.

 

Employers may wish to advise their employees to avoid public transport if possible and to take extra care outside of work. The Government has issued the following restrictions for these areas:

  • residents must not socialise with other people outside of their own households or support bubble in private homes and gardens
  • hospitality for food and drink will be restricted to table service only
  • late night restriction of operating hours will be introduced, with leisure and entertainment venues required to close between 10pm to 5am

 

Residents are also advised to adhere to the following guidance to further reduce rates of infection:

  • not to socialise with other people outside of their own households in all public venues.
  • only to use public transport for essential purposes, such as travelling to school or work
  • take holidays only within your own household or support bubble
  • avoid attending amateur and semi-professional sporting events as spectators