PEOPLE visiting the Tyne Valley have been advised to guard against complacency regarding the spread of Covid-19.

Northumberland County Council has issued guidance for holidaymakers and day trippers planning to enjoy the county’s many visitor attractions.

Liz Morgan, director of public health at the local authority, said: “Even though the number of cases in Northumberland remains relatively low, we cannot afford to be complacent and need to remember that coronavirus has not gone away.

“We are still in the midst of a pandemic. To prevent spreading this virus, people must make every effort to comply with the guidance around social distancing, handwashing and the use of face coverings.

“It is also really important to get tested if you become unwell. This is really easy to do, even if you are visiting from another part of the county.”

The council said anyone who developed symptoms was asked to self-isolate and stay indoors, arrange a test using their holiday address, and notify their accommodation provider.

Test kits can be requested via the NHS website or by calling 119. Visitors can book an appointment at a drive-through or walk-through test site, or ask for a home test kit to be sent to their accommodation. More information can be found at