The areas expected to be governed by the new restrictions include Newcastle, Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Gateshead, Country Durham and Sunderland. The Government is poised to announce the changes tomorrow.
The new rule will come into effect from Friday, which could force pubs, restaurants and other licensed premises to close from 10pm each day, as a curfew is introduced.
Residents of the areas will also be banned from socialising with anyone from a different household.
More to follow…