THE North-East is set to see the strictest tier of restrictions once the four-week national lockdown comes to an end tomorrow.

From midnight on Wednesday, England will return to the "three-tier" local lockdown system with the region placed under Tier 3.

It will mean some of the tighter restrictions that have been imposed over the past month will continue to apply to the North-East.

This includes pubs, restaurants and cafes remaining closed, except for click-and-collect and takeaway.

While a ban on who you can meet will also continue to apply, with households banned from mixing in 'any' indoor setting, and in most outdoor spaces. 

But when will those restrictions come to an end?

MPs are voting tomorrow on the tougher tier system in England, which will see 99 per cent of the country placed in either Tier 2 or Tier 3.

If the move is approved, the first review of Tier 3 in the North-East will take place on Wednesday, December 16.

It will then be reviewed every seven days and be based on the Covid infection rate, and whether it has continued to fall.

It is understood that the North-East will be split into two parts when the review is carried out.

This will mean those in Darlington, Hartlepool and Teesside will likely be reviewed together as they fall under the Tees Valley Combined Authority.

While County Durham, Gateshead, Sunderland, Newcastle, Northumberland, North Tyneside and South Tyneside will be reviewed together under the North East Combined Authority.

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson previously said that at the first review of the measures he would move areas down a tier where there is “robust evidence” that Covid is in sustained decline.