Today, the Government announced that Sunderland, along with neighbouring local authorities, will be subject to additional local restrictions as a result of a rapid rise in coronavirus cases.

The new restrictions to try to stop the spread of the virus and protect our NHS mean that:

* You can no longer visit other households, indoors or out, unless they are in your support bubble
* All hospitality venues are to be table service only, and must be closed between 10pm and 5am
* You cannot meet with people you do not live with in other indoor locations, including restaurants, bars and shops
* Visits to care homes and hospitals will be restricted
* You should only use public transport if essential and must not car share.
* You should wear a mask in shops and in enclosed areas in order to protect those around you.

I understand that it has been difficult accessing testing facilities, and I am in conversation with the Government to try and secure additional resources for the area. It is just not good enough that people are being directed as far as Scotland for a test.

I, along with colleagues from across the region, wrote to the Health Secretary Matt Hancock requesting urgent clarification on a number of issues this morning. You can see more here:…/five-questions-matt-hanco…

If you have Covid symptoms, please isolate yourself, and call 119 to book a test. You can also book a test online at:

For the latest Government advice and information on restrictions and financial support available visit:

For information on local support services please visit: or call Sunderland City Council on 0800 234 6084

You can also email me on if you have a problem related to Covid – or any other issue.

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