Two households BANNED from meeting in any indoor setting in parts of North-East

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THE Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced further restrictions for the North-East which will ban two or more households from meeting up in…
THE Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced further restrictions for the North-East which will ban two or more households from meeting up in 'any indoor setting.'

The new measures, which will affect areas of the region already in local lockdown, will mean people from different households cannot meet anywhere indoors including all public venues.

This will apply to County Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, Sunderland, North and South Tyneside and Northumberland.

Previously the law stated two or more households mixing was illegal if inside or outside private homes, or gardens.

However, it was only guidance that different households did not meet at public venues including in restaurants, pubs, cafes and bars.

The new rules are set to come into force at 0.01am on Wednesday, September 30.

In the Commons this afternoon, Mr Hancock said: "Today I must announce further measures for the parts of the north-east where we introduced local action a fortnight ago.

"Unfortunately the number of cases continues to rise sharply. The incident rate across the area is now over 100 cases per 100,000.

"We know that a large number of these infections are taking place in indoor settings outside the home.

"And so at the request of the local councils, with whom we have been working closely, we will introduce legal restrictions on indoor mixing between households in any setting.

"We do not take these steps lightly but we must take them and take them now because we know that swift action is more likely to bring the virus under control and the quicker we can get this virus under control, the…
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