Northumberland will face tougher restrictions to cope with a rising number of Covid-19 cases, despite never being placed on the Government watchlist.
The area will join Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Sunderland, and County Durham when restrictions come into force on Friday, September 18.
They include a ban on people meeting with others outside of their own household or support bubble, while pubs and restaurants will be required to close at the earlier time of 10pm. See our Q&A here.
But with Northumberland having one of the lowest rates of infection in the North East, people living in the area have mixed opinions on the Government's decision.
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John Jacobs, from Blyth, in Northumberland, said: "I don't think the Government know what they're doing. They're like hens pecking corn."
The 62-year-old added: "Northumberland has one of the lowest infection rates in the region and I can't see my grandkids.
"But in Middlesbrough, where infection rates are higher, you can go and watch a match at the football ground with 1,000 other people."
There was a total of 96 new cases in Northumberland in the seven days up to September 14, based on tests carried out in laboratories, a rate of 29.8 cases per 100,000 people.
While the figures, released by Public Health England, show Middlesbrough has 32.7 cases per 100,000 people.
The restrictions have left John Douglas, 65, "disappointed" as he will now have to cancel a long-awaited visit from his partner's family, who live in Cheshire.
John, from Blyth, said: “We have prepped for their visit for months and was really looking forward to it.
"The beds are made, we have extra food in the house and we had a really nice weekend planned so it's such a shame that we will have to cancel that now.”
He added: “I feel like my life is ticking away and this virus is going on forever.”
Cecil Harper, 80, also believes that older people will be living with the virus for the rest of their lives. However, he is “over the moon” about the tougher restrictions coming into force.
Cecil, who has lived in Blyth all of his life, said: "I’m sick of these young people who think they can do what they like, sitting on people’s knees and going to all these bashes - I say shut the place down."
He added: "People aren't taking this virus seriously so I support anything that is going to stop the rising cases."
Lauren Knighton, who travelled from Durham to Blyth for a day out on the seafront, also believes the tighter restrictions are a positive move.
The 29-year-old said: “Anything that is going to help bring infection rates down is a good thing and if Northumberland is surrounded by areas with higher infection rates it will help prevent people who live outside of the area bringing the virus to Northumberland.
But some people are struggling to see the logic behind the tougher restrictions.
Ayse Watts said: "I don't understand the rule about pubs closing at 10pm. Has coronavirus got a time limit?"
The 28-year-old believes that people will rebel against the rules as the number of cases is lower than other parts of the UK.
Jemma Gillespie, owner of Once Upon a Tier cake shop in Blyth, said the new restrictions are confusing, especially concerning single parents and support bubbles.
Jemma, 36, said: "Me and my sister are confused about the support bubble rule as she is living with her 16-year-old daughter, so we're not sure if that means she can join a support bubble or not.
"It also doesn't make sense that my daughter can't see her uncle, but we work together so I can come into work and spend the whole day with him."
Jemma added: "The rules aren't clear. Nothing is black and white and it's like they've deliberately masked the rules and made them unclear to cause confusion."