Posted on 13th October, 2020

Local COVID alert levels: what you need to know

What local COVID alert levels mean

Local COVID alert levels set out information for local authorities, residents and workers about what to do and how to manage the outbreak in their area.
Find out what you can and cannot do if you live, work or travel in each local COVID alert level.

Why the government is introducing local COVID alert levels

The government is committed to ensuring the right levels of intervention in the right places to manage outbreaks. Working with local authorities through the contain framework, our approach has been simplified so that there are now 3 local COVID alert levels.

Local COVID alert for the North East- HIGH

This is for areas with a higher level of infections where some additional restrictions are in place

This means on top of restrictions in alert level medium:

  • You must not socialise with anybody outside of your household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
  • You must not socialise in a group of more than 6 outside, including in a garden or other spaces like beaches or parks (other than where specific exemptions apply in law)
  • Businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law
  • Certain businesses are required to ensure customers only consume food and drink while seated, and must close between 10pm and 5am
  • Businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through
  • Schools, universities and places of worship remain open
  • Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees
  • Exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors. These will only be permitted indoors if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with or share a Support bubble with, or for youth or disability sport
  • You can continue to travel to venues or amenities that are open, for work or to access education, but should look to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible

You must

  • Wear a face covering in those areas where this is mandated

You should continue to

  • Follow social distancing rules
  • Work from home where you can effectively do so
  • Walk or cycle where possible, or plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport

For more information, please visit http://gov.co.uk

 

Source: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-levels-what-you-need-to-know

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