• James Slater

New North East Restrictions Explained

New restrictions have been put in place in th North East as coronavirus cases continue to rise, affecting Northumbria students.

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As more restrictions have been announced in the North East, we wanted to help you understand what you can and can't get up to at the moment. The restrictions apply to around 2 million people and covers Newcastle, Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Gateshead, County Durham and Sunderland.

The new restrictions come into place at midnight tonight (17th September)

The temporary measures mean you can't socialise with people from outside your household or social bubble. This means that, for now, the 'rule of six' is out the window, as you can only socialise with people in your household or bubble.

A social bubble is where a household with one adult joins another household (exclusively). Households within a bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight, and visit public places.

All bars, restaurants and other hospitality and leisure venues will have to close at 10pm and can not open before 5am. This has sparked a lot of late night venues announcing on social media that they will be opening earlier, to ensure they get people through the door. These venues will only be able to serve you at the table.

You are still able to attend work and school under these new rules, and you will still be able to attendend University. Northumbria Students' Union is reviewing the guidance but as of yet, Freshers events seem to be going ahead and can be booked via the NSU website, it may just be you can only visit with your flatmates you live with. Habita, the Student Union bar, has also opened today, with social distancing and a new app in place.

There is also extra guidelines to follow, such as only using public transport for essential purposes, such as travelling to school and work. You should only go on holiday with people in your household or support bubble.

Northumbria University has released their own guidance via their social media pages and also explained the definition of households in regards to student accommodation.

Source: Northumbria University Facebook Page

For more information on the latest guidelines in full, visit GOV.UK.

Keep an eye on Northumbria University and Northumbria Students Union websites for details relating to Freshers Week and University life.

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