Coronavirus advice




Stay alert

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

  • stay at home as much as possible
  • work from home if you can
  • limit contact with other people
  • keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  • wash your hands regularly
  • Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.




FAQs on north east restrictions

Answers to some of the most common questions being asked.



Below are some answers to the questions I am receiving. I will continue to update these. You can find the details of the announcement HERE. 

What are the main restrictions?

MP wins exemption for informal childcare

Anne-Marie Trevelyan, MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed, has expressed her delight that the Health Secretary Matt Hancock has listened to the concerns she raised on behalf of local residents, after new restrictions in place in the north east prevented informal childcare arrangements.

New restrictions for the north east

Yesterday I joined a zoom meeting with the Health Minister Nadine Dorries and Professor Peter Kelly, Director of Public Health for the North East, to discuss new measures which will come into force in our region at midnight tonight.

MP welcomes new Business and Planning Bill

On Monday 29 June 2020, the Government will introduce new legislation to support businesses as they re-open in the wake of coronavirus.

The measures include:


Pavement licensing and outdoor seating

Anne-Marie's latest coronavirus update

Once more I bring you some information, useful links and answers to some of the more frequent questions I am receiving in my virtual postbag.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme goes live

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has now gone live.


It enables employers to claim for 80% of their employees' salaries (plus NI and pension contributions) if they have been furloughed as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.


It is a grant, not a loan.