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NEWS ROUNDUP: Hartlepool elect Conservative MP & South Tyneside Council prepare for lockdown easing


Hartlepool elect Conservative MP for the first time and South Tyneside Council are encouraging people to dine out when restrictions ease further. 

The conservatives won the Hartlepool by-election. Jill Mortimer is now the new MP, and is the first Tory to win the seat in the constituency's history, claiming 51.9% of the votes in Thursday’s local elections.

Summer events 
Pop-up plays, live music and plenty of dancing will be taking place across the North East this summer, as Northern Stage reveals an exciting programme of events to celebrate the easing of lockdown. Free events will be taking place all over the region, so grab your dancing shoes and prepare to celebrate the summer in style.
Going Out

South Tyneside Council are eagerly awaiting the next stage of lockdown easing. The authority has been busy helping hospitality venues prepare for the reopening of indoor dining on May 17th. They are also encouraging local people to support their 'Going Out' campaign and take advantage of the local eateries right on their doorstep. 

Councillor Tracey Dixon, Leader of South Tyneside Council, said: “This past year of constant uncertainty and lengthy periods of closure have been extremely challenging for businesses, particularly hospitality venues.

“Over recent months, the Council has been working closely with businesses to help them get ready to reopen as safely and smoothly as possible and support their staff and customers to adhere to the guidance on hands, face, space and fresh air.

“Whether people are enjoying these social interactions again with a drink or meal at a café, restaurant or pub, we continue to do all we can to support our hospitality industry to recover from the pandemic, working hand in hand with them so that their customers have the confidence to visit premises and feel protected.”

The Council’s new team of Business and Community Support Officers (BCSOs) and Environmental Health officers have been out engaging with venues across South Tyneside giving advice and assistance. They have also been talking to members of the public, reminding people about the rules and the importance of social distancing, using face coverings and hand washing.

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