Following the news that the Mayor of Middlesbrough, Andy Preston announced objections to new coronavirus restrictions I was sent on assignment to get some pictures of daily life in the town during the day and evening.
The elected mayor of Middlesbrough said he was prepared to defy the Government and reject new Covid-19 measures imposed on the town. The stance has led to fears that residents would fail to take seriously the new measures.
This is thought to be the first time an authority leader has defied the government in the UK over coronavirus lockdown rules.
New coronavirus restrictions in Liverpool, Warrington, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough will come into force on Saturday October 3 at one minute past midnight.
It follows the news that households in parts of the North East of England are to be legally banned from meeting each other indoors in any setting.
Existing measures for Northumberland, Newcastle, Tyneside, Gateshead, Sunderland and County Durham were tightened from September 30 at the request of local authorities because the virus was still spreading.
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