NEW lockdown rules for the North-East will apply as the four-week national lockdown comes to an end on Wednesday.

The entire region has been placed under the strictest tier of local lockdown restrictions, Tier 3 'Very High.'

A full list of rules has since been released and it details what you can and cannot do in the region beyond December 2.

Here are the rules...

Mixing with other households 

People in the North-East will continue to be banned from mixing with other households in 'any' indoor settings and in most outdoor places - including private gardens, except for those who have formed a support bubble.

Residents will not be allowed to socialise in groups of more than six - this applies to areas where mixing is permitted including: outdoor public spaces, parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, a public garden, grounds of a heritage site or castle, or a sports facility.

Pubs and restaurants to remain closed

Hospitality settings, such as bars (including shisha venues), pubs, cafes and restaurants are to remain closed – but they are permitted to continue sales by takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services.

Hotels cannot reopen

Accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, and guest houses must also remain closed.

But there are exemptions, such as for those who use these venues as their main residence, and those requiring the venues where it is reasonably necessary for work or education and training 

What else must remain shut

  • Indoor entertainment and tourist venues must close - this includes, indoor play centres and areas, including trampolining parks and soft play
  • casinos
  • bingo halls
  • bowling alleys
  • skating rinks
  • amusement arcades and adult gaming centres
  • laser quests and escape rooms
  • cinemas, theatres and concert halls
  • snooker halls
  • indoor attractions at mostly outdoor entertainment venues must also close (indoor shops, through-ways and public toilets at such attractions can remain open). This includes indoor attractions within:
  • zoos, safari parks, and wildlife reserves
  • aquariums, visitor attractions at farms, and other animal attractions
  • model villages
  • museums, galleries and sculpture parks
  • botanical gardens, biomes or greenhouses
  • theme parks, circuses, fairgrounds and funfairs
  • visitor attractions at film studios, heritage sites such as castles and stately homes
  • landmarks including observation decks and viewing platforms

Gyms can reopen beyond December 2

But leisure and sports facilities may continue to stay open, but group exercise classes (including fitness and dance) should not go ahead. Saunas and steam rooms should close.

What about weddings and funerals?

Places of worship can remain open, but you must not attend with or socialise with  anyone outside of your household or support bubble while you are there, unless a legal exemption applies.

Weddings and funerals can also go ahead but with restrictions on the number of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions are not allowed, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, 15 people can attend linked commemorative events.

The rules on travel under Tier 3

You can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible.

You should avoid travelling to other parts of the UK, including for overnight stays other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities.

But you can travel through other areas as part of a longer journey.