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Indoor inter-household mixing to be banned in parts of North East England

Indoor inter-household mixing to be banned in parts of North East England

Indoor inter-household mixing is to be banned in parts of the North East from Wednesday in response to high and increasing Coronavirus infection rates.

In parts of the North East of England, people are generally banned by law from visiting other people's homes or gardens, however, it is currently only advised that households should not mix in public venues.

From 00:01 on Wednesday (30 September), the advice will be made enforceable by law in Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Northumberland and Sunderland. Some venues such as COVID-secure schools and workplaces will not be affected by the change and people in support bubbles in these areas can also continue to meet in any setting.

In addition to the new measures, the government has said that a funding package is being agreed with councils to support the measures and tackling the rising virus infection rate.

The announcement of the banning of inter-household mixing comes following discussions between local leaders, the Health Secretary, NHS Test & Trace and other health bodies.

The updated regulations do not ban people from meeting outside in public places such as a street with people from other households, provided that they are not part of a gathering of more than six people. 

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