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Latest information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
On Monday 22 February, the Prime Minister announced the government’s roadmap to cautiously ease lockdown restrictions in England. The ‘COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021’ document outlines four steps for easing restrictions. Before proceeding to the next step, the government will examine the data to assess the impact of the previous step. This assessment will be based on four tests:
This means that any dates given as part of the roadmap are indicative and could be pushed back depending on progress against the four tests.
Currently, England is at Step 3 of the Roadmap.
All being well, Step 4 will start no earlier than 21 June. You can see a simplified table of the steps on pages 47-48 of the ‘COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021’ document.
Latest Statement from Regional Leaders
Leaders from the seven local authorities in North East England advise all to remain cautious as restrictions prepare to further ease.
Update from Michelle Gorman, Managing Director, Visit County Durham
This week sees the partial reopening of the county’s visitor economy, as England successfully reaches the second stage in the roadmap out of lockdown. We would like to send a message of good luck to the businesses that have opened their doors, and who have worked hard behind the scenes to ensure they can welcome customers back safely. But Visit County Durham also acknowledges that for many more businesses their doors remain closed, for now.
Visit County Durham is committed to supporting businesses as we progress along the road to recovery. By working in partnership, we are confident that the county’s visitor economy can emerge even stronger.
Access the Visit County Durham Covid-19 Business Hub for information and support, or email email@example.com
Find out more about the work undertaken by Visit County Durham during the last year throughout the pandemic.
Latest information and announcements
We would advise all partners to regularly check this website and the VisitBritain and Government business support web pages, all of which are being continually updated with the latest advice and information for all tourism businesses.
Catch up on previous annnouncements