New Covid-19 lockdown measures announced for parts of the North-East of England from Friday, government announces.
The lockdown will include a 10pm curfew imposed on pubs and a ban on meeting anyone outside your household.
This will include in public areas such as parks and out on the street.
People can only sit with the same household whilst in pubs also.
Newcastle, Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Gateshead, County Durham and Sunderland are all expected to be included.
The seven councils have been in discussions with the Government to ask for additional measures after a dramatic rise in the number of coronavirus cases in the North-East in the last two weeks.
Speaking 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 up 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.”
The government are set to announce the measures officially later.
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