Gateshead health chief urges caution as Plan B restrictions are lifted

Gateshead’s Public Health Director is urging people to continue to be cautious after the lifting of Plan B restrictions in England.

Plan B COVID restrictions have now been lifted in England - and people must now follow the rules of Plan A.

In Plan A masks are no longer mandatory in indoor settings and it is still a legal requirement to isolate for 10 days if you’ve tested positive for COVID. But you have the option to end your isolation after five days with two negative lateral flow tests.

Even though the restrictions have been eased, Gateshead health chief Alice Wiseman is continuing to urge people to wear face coverings and social distance when they attend the hospital. She believes it’s important to protect patients in hospitals who may already be ill.

Wiseman also mentioned that last week Gateshead saw 2000 positive cases of COVID and she said that we do need to learn to live with the virus, but people should continue to be cautious, even though the rules are lifted.