17 September 2020 16:39
Parts of the North East have been put under local lockdown (Picture: REUTERS) Parts of north-east of England are having local lockdown restrictions placed upon them from midnight as coronavirus cases soar. Sunderland now has an infection rate of 103 per 100,000 of the population. Announcing the new restrictions today, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: 'I know that these decisions have a real impact on families, on businesses and local communities. And I can tell everyone effected that we do not take these decisions lightly. 'We agree with the local councils that we must follow the data and act.
And the data says we must act now so we can control the virus and keep people safe.' Advertisement But what are the new restrictions imposed in the North East, and what other parts of the UK are already under local lockdown? Which areas in the North East are in local lockdown and what are the rules? From midnight, households in Northumberland, Newcastle, Sunderland, North and South Tyneside, Gateshead and County Durham must not socialise with other people outside of their household or support bubble. Hospitality for food and drink will be restricted to table service only A 10.00pm curfew on pubs, restaurants, and other entertainment venues. The curfew will last until 5.00am Parts of the North East have a 10.00 pm curfew (Picture: Getty Images via AFP) Where else in England are local lockdowns in place? Lockdown restrictions vary from region to region, so it is important to know the rules in your local area. These are the current lockdown rules in the UK, correct at time of writing. Find the latest lockdown restrictions on gov.uk. Birmingham Households in Birmingham, Sandwell, and Solihull and their boroughs have already been banned from meeting each other from Tuesday, September 15. If you live in Birmingham, you cannot: Meet people you do not live with in their home or garden, whether inside or outside of the affected areas unless they're in your support bubble Greater Manchester The following restrictions apply to only Bolton: All hospitality venues in Bolton have been restricted to takeaway service only, meaning the closures of pubs and restaurants – bringing the town back in line with the national restrictions prior to July 4. All venues will be required to close between 10pm and 5am. Visits to care homes and hospitals in Bolton will also be tightly restricted. The following restrictions apply to City of Manchester, Trafford, Oldham, Bury, Bolton, Tameside, Rochdale and Salford: You must not people you do not live with inside a private home or garden, except where you have formed a support bubble, or for other limited reasons specified in law You are not allowed to visit someone else's home or garden even if they live outside of the affected areas Do not socialise with people you do not live with in other indoor public venues – such as pubs, restaurants and cafes (all of which are now takeaway-only in Bolton), shops, places of worship, or entertainment venues Wedding receptions and celebrations for more than 20 people Greater Manchester also has a curfew (Picture: REUTERS) Lancashire This includes Blackburn, Pendle and Preston. In Rossendale, Darwen East, Darwen South, Darwen West, Blackburn South East, Ewood, Livesey with Pleasington, and Mill Hill & Moorgate, restrictions have been eased to align with the rest of the country. You cannot meet people you do not live with inside a private home or garden, except where you have formed a support bubble (or for other limited exemptions to be specified in law) You can must not visit other people's home or garden even if they live outside of the affected areas As well as this, people in Blackburn, Pendle and Preston have the following restrictions: Do not socialise with people you do not live with in other indoor public venues – such as pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centres, leisure and entertainment venues, or visitor attractions. Do not visit friends or family in care homes, other than in exceptional circumstances. Care homes should restrict visits to these circumstances The following cannot reopen or resume: Casinos Skating rinks Bowling alleys Indoor play areas, including soft play areas Exhibition centres and conference halls Close-contact services, which are any treatments on the face such as eyebrow threading or make-up application Wedding receptions and celebrations for more than 20 people, in the form of a sit-down meal In Blackburn the following will also remain closed: Indoor gyms Indoor fitness and dance studios Indoor sports courts and facilities Indoor swimming pools, including indoor facilities at water parks Leicester The following restrictions apply: You cannot meet people from different households in a private home or garden You must not host people you do not live with in your home or garden, unless they're in your support bubble Do not meet people you do not live with in their home or garden, whether inside or outside of Leicester, unless they're in your support bubble MORE: Huge area of England goes back into lockdown with 2,000,000 under curfew MORE: Which areas of the North East are going back into lockdown? Follow Metro across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Share your views in the comments below.