COUNCIL leaders in the North-East are set to discuss whether the region will be placed into strictest tier of lockdown restrictions later this week.

Political and council leaders in the region will meet on Thursday afternoon to discuss whether Tier 3 restrictions should be imposed.

Such restrictions would mean pubs that do not serve 'substantial meals' will be forced to shut, and a ban on mixing with households both indoors and outdoors will apply.

The Northern Echo understands that talks will take place between council leaders in the Tees Valley, and with the seven local authorities in the North of the region.

Currently the region remains under Tier 2 restrictions, which bans the mixing of other households in any indoor setting.

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Leaders in the region previously stated their opposition to the idea, saying coronavirus cases had stabilised and the NHS locally could cope.

Earlier this month, council and authority leaders said covid cases are beginning to "plateau", or fall, in some areas.

It prompted the North of Tyne Mayor Jamie Driscoll to say there is "no case" for the Government to impose Tier 3 restrictions in the region.

Meanwhile the Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said evidence had shown that covid cases in Darlington and Teesside were flattening.