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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Middlesbrough is classed as a High alert level area under the government's new three-tier system. Find out what this means for you below. We've also put together a list of FAQs to answer your questions.

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Middlesbrough is classed as a High alert level area under the government's new three-tier system. Tighter restrictions remain in place in Middlesbrough.

Make sure you read and understand the rules, because if you break them, you may be fined.

All the information you need to know about restrictions in High alert level areas is available on the government website. We’ve summarised the key restrictions below.

Meeting people

The following laws apply to everyone in Middlesbrough:

  • You must not meet people who are not in your household, in private homes
  • You must not meet people who are not in your household, anywhere indoors - for example, in pubs, restaurants, or bars
  • You must not arrange to go to another town to meet up with people from another household in Middlesbrough - for example, going to a restaurant in Stockton to meet up with friends from Middlesbrough
  • You must not meet up with people who live in another town, either in private homes, or anywhere indoors - for example, in pubs, restaurants, or bars

We use ‘household’ to mean either people you live with, or people you’ve formed a ‘support bubble’ with.

Although you'll be able to meet up outdoors with people who are not part of your household, we are still strongly advising that you do not. If you do, you're legally required to follow the ‘rule of 6’. This means you must meet in groups of 6 people or less, and children are included in the total of 6. You must follow social distancing rules and stay 2m apart. The more often you meet people, the higher your risk of catching coronavirus, so you should try to limit the number of different people you meet up with.

If people outside of your household help you with childcare, guidance is available on the government website.


Restrictions on businesses and venues in High alert level areas include:

  • certain businesses selling food or drink on their premises are required to close between 10pm and 5am. Businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises, can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through. Orders must be made via phone, online or by post. Hospitality venues in ports, on transport services and in motorway service areas do not need to close at 10pm, but must not serve alcohol after that time. Read the full guidance on which businesses are allowed to stay open.
  • businesses must ensure that they operate in a COVID-19 Secure manner, including restrictions on table service and group bookings.
  • certain businesses and venues are required to collect customer, visitor, and staff data to support NHS Test and Trace.
  • the wearing of face coverings for customers and staff in certain indoor settings.
  • businesses must ensure that if their workers are required to self-isolate, they do not work outside their designated place of self-isolation.
  • businesses and venues must ensure people do not meet in their premises with people from outside of their household or support bubble.
  • businesses and venues that fail to comply with these restrictions may face fines of up to £10,000, prosecution, or in some cases closure.


We strongly advise that you only travel for essential reasons, for example:

  • to get food and/or medical supplies
  • to go to work
  • for medical reasons, like attending a doctor’s appointment
  • to visit a voluntary, charity, or youth service

You must legally wear a face covering on public transport (unless you're exempt).

You can still go on holiday within the UK, but you should only do this with people you live with (or have formed a support bubble with). You should try to avoid entering a very high alert level area, unless you're just travelling through the area as part of a longer journey. You should avoid staying overnight in a very high alert level area if you do not live there.

Going to work

You can still travel in and out of Middlesbrough to go to work. But if you’re able to work from home, you should.

It’s illegal for your employer to force you to work if you’re self-isolating because you have symptoms or you’ve been tested and the test says you have coronavirus.

We've also launched a payment to support people who may struggle with money if they need to self-isolate and cannot work.

Do these rules apply to me?

These new rules apply to everyone who lives in Middlesbrough.

Darlington, Hartlepool, Redcar and Cleveland, and Stockton all have the same restrictions as Middlesbrough. View a list of all alert levels by area.

What do I do?

We are all responsible for stopping the spread of coronavirus. It is essential that we follow these rules to keep ourselves, our loved ones, and everyone in Middlesbrough safe.

If you have symptoms, you must book a test as soon as possible. If you have symptoms, you must stay at home until you get your test, and then stay at home until you get your results. You should not leave your home for any reason, except to get a test. You should not go to school or work, or leave the house to buy food or exercise.

If your test is positive (meaning you do have coronavirus), you must self-isolate for a full 10 days from the day your symptoms started. If your test is negative (meaning you do not have coronavirus), you do not have to self-isolate once you get your results.

You can find out everything you need to know about self-isolation on the government website.

Please do not book a test if you do not have symptoms. You may be stopping someone with symptoms from being able to get the test they need.

How do I know if I have symptoms?

The symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell

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