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New restrictions on social contact between households and a 10pm curfew on pubs are expected to be introduced in parts of north-east England in an attempt to curb rising coronavirus cases.
Nick Forbes, the leader of Newcastle city council, confirmed that “additional, temporary restrictions” were being planned to prevent another full lockdown for the region.
Multiple sources confirmed that the restrictions, expected to be announced on Thursday morning, will include a 10pm curfew on pubs and bars and a ban on mixing between households.
They will come into effect from midnight on Friday morning.
The restrictions are expected to apply to Newcastle, Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Gateshead, County Durham and Sunderland but not Teesside.
It would be the first time the government has imposed strict measures on such a wide region covering millions of people since restrictions were introduced on Greater Manchester, East Lancashire, West Yorkshire and Leicester on 31 July.
The move reflects growing concern in Whitehall at rising infections in the north-east of England, where South Tyneside, Gateshead and Sunderland all have infection rates almost three times the average for England.
One Newcastle councillor said: “We’re set to get the toughest local lockdown so far up here. No socialising outside your household groups inside or out and a 10pm curfew.”
The restrictions, which were first reported by the Chronicle, emerged shortly after a meeting between the health minister Nadine Dorries and local MPs on Wednesday.
Source: The Guardian
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