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LOCKDOWN EASING: It’s a big moment in the roadmap as we see a significant easing of coronavirus restrictions

We’re speaking to Amanda Healy, director of Public Health in County Durham, about the latest easing of lockdown in the North East and what this means for the region. 
This next phase of the roadmap means that indoor dining, cinemas, entertainment venues, play areas and hotels can all open up again to the public as lockdown eases in the North East. One of the most welcome parts of the rule change is that people can now meet indoors in groups of six or two households with overnight stays now allowed, meaning families and friends will be reunited without having to brave the elements.
Amanda Healy is the chair of the Association of Directors of Public Health North East and the director of public health in County Durham, and she's confident that now is the right time for restrictions to ease.
Case rates are down but the Indian variant of coronavirus has been identified in several parts of the North East, the full effects of which are still being determined. So people are being urged to remain cautious as we start mixing with more people, with hand washing, regular sanitising and mask wearing all encouraged where necessary.
As the rules change, being able to hug one another has been a huge talking point for many, with some businesses now opening their doors for the first time in months. It's a big moment and a significant step in the return to some kind of normality. But we aren't completely out of the woods, and Amanda is hoping that whilst we're back out there enjoying ourselves that we still have covid in the back of our mind.


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