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Lockdown restrictions coming to whole English region as coronavirus cases soar

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A local lockdown is set to come into force across the North East of England on Friday, it has been reported.

It will include a ban on socialising with anyone outside your household while a 10pm curfew is due to be imposed on pubs, restaurants and other licensed premises, ChronicleLive reports.

The current plan is for measures to come into force just after midnight on Friday morning in a bid to reverse a dramatic spike in coronavirus cases across the region.

Newcastle, Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Gateshead, County Durham and Sunderland are all expected to be included.

No official announcement has been made about the plans, and nothing will be confirmed until a statement is issued by the Department for Health and Social Care.

It is understood the restrictions will include a ban on socialising with anyone outside your household, whether in a private home or garden, in a public space such as a park, or in venues such as pubs and restaurants.

A household only includes the people who you live with.

Even close relatives count as a different household if they live in a different property.

Pubs and other licensed premises will remain open, but punters will only be allowed to socialise with people from their own households, and they will have to close by 10pm.

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It is hoped the restrictions will help avoid a full local lockdown.

These will be on top of the new Rule of Six restrictions imposed nationwide on Monday, which ban people from socialising in groups of more than six.

It is likely that exceptions will be made for people in "support bubbles".

A support bubble is a household with only one adult in the home (known as a single-adult household) which joins with one other household of any size.

They are effectively treated as one household.

Earlier this week, Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes said: "There is universal concern from council leaders across our region about the exponential rise in Covid cases over the last week.

"Unless we get on with this now, we are facing a bigger problem down the line which could end in a full lockdown.

“It is better to try to introduce measures which will prevent that, even though that may mean some additional restrictions over the next few weeks.

“We are working with the Government on a plan for what those could mean and how we can get those measures in place over the next few weeks to protect our communities and having to go into another prolonged, damaging lockdown.”

Liverpool is thought to be on the verge of a local lockdown after the infection rate in the city tipped over 100 in every 100,000 people.

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