UK coronavirus news - live: Northeast faces fresh restrictions, as PM tells public only to snitch on ‘huge parties’

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Members of staff wearing PPE at The Victoria in Whitley Bay.

Almost two million people in the northeast of England are facing fresh lockdown restrictions amid a surge in coronavirus cases.  

Areas including Newcastle, Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Gateshead, County Durham and Sunderland could see a 10pm curfew on pubs, restaurants and other licensed premises and people banned from socialising with anyone outside their household.  

It comes as prime minister Boris Johnson told people not to snitch on their neighbours for breaching the new “rule of six” unless they are having “some huge kind of Animal House party”. 

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Northeast of England facing fresh lockdown restrictions

Swathes of the North East of England are expected to be brought under local lockdown measures from Friday to stop the spread of the coronavirus, according to local media reports — impacting hundreds of thousands.

The Northern Echo reports measures could include a ban on socialising between different households and a 10pm curfew on pubs, adding that Newcastle, Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Gateshead, County Durham and Sunderland are all expected to be impacted.

Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes said "additional, temporary" measures are being planned to prevent another full lockdown — and that health secretary Matt Hancock is expected to make an announcement on the matter on Thursday morning.

Chiara Giordano17 September 2020 07:52

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