Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Working safely

For the latest government advice, please visit GOV.UK: Reducing the spread of respiratory infections, including COVID-19, in the workplace.

Get in touch

If you've got a specific COVID-19 health related question, email

We will review your query and get back to you as quickly as possible.

Business Support Hub

We also have a dedicated Business Support Hub, who can help provide you with lots of advice and support. 

They can be contacted on 0191 481 3456 or by email at

For information about support, visit Invest South Tyneside.

Funding and grants for businesses

Since the start of the pandemic South Tyneside Council have administered over £50million of grants to businesses within the funding allocations and guidelines provided by government. This has provided support to many of our local businesses.

Summary of grants paid

The following support grants have now closed for applications:

  • Omicron Small Business Hardship Grant
  • Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant (OHLG)
  • Shop Front Improvement Grant
  • Additional Restrictions Grant

To discuss any support available to your business please contact the Business Support team on 0191 481 3456 or by email at

Reporting cases and outbreaks

If you have two or more linked cases in the workplace, email the Public Health team at

NHS Covid-19 Pass

It is no longer a legal requirement that venues and event organisers request customers show the NHS Covid-19 pass. 

Businesses can choose to continue with the NHS COVID Pass on a voluntary basis.

For more information, see NHS: COVID-19 Pass

Face masks

There is no longer a legal requirement to wear a face covering.

The government suggests that people continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where they may come into contact with other people they do not normally meet.

See GOV.UK: Living safely with respiratory infections, including COVID-19

Local Outbreak Plan

South Tyneside Council's Local Outbreak Plan outlines how we intend to prevent and control outbreaks of COVID-19 in South Tyneside.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak Management Plan

Further advice and guidance

GOV.UK: Reducing the spread of respiratory infections, including COVID-19, in the workplace

Public Health England: Covid Vaccine Employer Toolkit - this includes posters and materials you can use to promote the vaccine to your staff

Outdoor structures and seating