From Midnight tonight (Thursday 17th September) if you live or travel to the North East of the UK you are likely to experience enhanced lockdown restrictions that mean your plans might have to change.
The new lockdown rules make it illegal to socialise with anyone outside of your household until further notice. This means any group rides you have planned in the area with people from other households will not be legal.
Rule breakers are liable to be fined £100 if caught with persistent offenders potentially facing up to £3k fines.
While in the rest of the UK some exemptions for organised sporting events of more than 6 people (Rule of 6) exist it’s highly questionable to try and get round the regulations by suggestion your regular ride with your mates is anything remotely organised. We are mountain bikers – being organised is anathema to most of us.
Within the lockdown area the rules are clear. You can’t ride with anyone outside your household.
The areas affected in the North East UK are..
- North and South Tyneside
- County Durham
In summary that includes all areas north of the North Yorkshire border and east of the Cumbria border up to the Scottish border and most of the landscape on the eastern flank of the North Pennine hills from Cow Green reservoir. It includes a limited area of the North York Moors national park that crosses the North Yorkshire border but excludes Dalby Forest.
Kielder Forest in Northumberland falls within the restrictions.
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