Newcastle council chief hits out at ‘confusing and contradictory’ Covid rules

Nick Forbes says even council enforcement officers do not know how to interpret rules

The UK government’s “confusing and contradictory” Covid restrictions for the north-east of England have left space for “dangerous” conspiracy theories to fill the void, the leader of Newcastle city council has warned.

Nick Forbes, the city’s Labour leader since 2011, said confusion over the latest restrictions – which even Boris Johnson got wrong – were “deeply unhelpful”, admitting even his own enforcement officers were not immediately clear how to interpret them.

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