We look at the difference between the new lockdown restrictions revealed today to those imposed in the North East last week
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A raft of new lockdown restrictions were announced today by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to be applied nationally.
Well, for a start there is more emphasis on encouraging people to working from home which was not part of last week’s announcement in this region.
Where this is not possible, like in the hospitality industry and construction, its business as usual.
The rest of the North East restrictions announced last week – which are listed in full here – continue to apply in the following areas: Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, County Durham, Sunderland and Northumberland.
On Monday September 21, Matt Hancock announced a U-turn that will allow grandparents and other relatives or friends to provide informal childcare for parents while they are at work for people living in the areas affected by the North East restrictions.
This u-turn came about after North East leaders wrote to the Health Secretary to ask for it.
In the original restrictions for the North East, no exemption was provided for informal childcare – meaning families could only continue using childminders, nannies, and providers offering before or after school clubs or other out-of-school settings.
Informal childcare is now allowed for children under 14 or vulnerable adults where that is necessary for caring purposes. It does not allow for play-dates or parties.
All taxi and minicab passengers must wear masks, as must all retail and hospitality staff, and hospitality customers except when they are seated to eat or drink.
Fines for not wearing a face covering will now double to £200 for a first offence.
In the announcement today, Mr Johnson announced some tightening up on the ‘rule of six’ social distancing regulations.
However from Monday, weddings and wedding receptions will be limited to 15 people, although funerals can still have 30.
The ‘rule of six’ has also been extended to indoor sports teams, such as five-a-side football games.
Mr Johnson warned that the measures could remain in place for as long as six months. He said: “For the time being, this virus is a fact of our lives.”
News – New national lockdown restrictions – what has changed in the North East?