Friday January 15

Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave a statement at the coronavirus press conference.

All UK travel corridors temporarily suspended to protect against new international covid variants.  

Tuesday January 11

The Government has published its plan for the largest vaccination programme in British history showing how it is planning to deploy them.

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock gave a speech at the Downing Street coronavirus briefing.

Thursday January 7

The Prime Minister's statement on Coronavirus given to the daily press conference.

Wednesday January 6

The Prime Minister's statement to the House of Commons on Covid-19 regulations. 

Tuesday January 5

A special East Devon resident coronavirus update has now been issued and is available to read on the website.

The Prime Minister's statement on coronavirus given to the daily press conference.

Following the national lockdown: stay at home restrictions we have temporarily closed the following facilities:

  • All outside gyms
  • MUGAs
  • Skateparks

Sports pitch bookings and events on council land have been cancelled and people who rent district council beach huts all year round at Exmouth chalets and Beer are not able to use them and will receive a letter shortly.

The council’s recycling and waste service will continue as normal, but due to high Christmas catch up tonnages and staff isolating due to the virus, services are being affected. Check our service page for further information on disruptions at

The Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton remains closed and has an online presence at The council-owned Manor Pavilion Theatre in Sidmouth is also closed.

Leisure East Devon (LED) facilities across the district have closed.

Monday January 4

National lockdown: Stay at Home restrictions now apply across England.

The Prime Minister's address to the nation on coronavirus.

Wednesday December 30

A special East Devon resident coronavirus update has now been issued and is available to read on the website.

The Prime Minister's statement on coronavirus issued today.

Full list of local restrictions tiers by area which includes information on those areas (including Devon) which will be moving tier from 0001 on Thursday December 31.

Thursday December 24

The latest East Devon resident coronavirus update has now been issued and is available to read on the website.

Wednesday December 23

Speech by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock on coronavirus restriction tiers from 0001 on Boxing Day.

Full list of local restriction tiers by area from 23 December.

Rules on travel over the Christmas period.

Monday December 21

You can make a Christmas bubble if you live in Tier 1, 2 or 3. You cannot make a Christmas bubble in Tier 4.

Follow guidance on making a Christmas bubble with friends and family

If you are visiting your local coastline this winter, have a look at this guidance. 

Sunday December 20 

Here is a full list of local restriction tiers by areas. 

Saturday December 19

The Prime Minister's statement on coronavirus issued today.

Here is everything you need to know on what you can and cannot do in Tier 2.

The latest guidance for Christmas and New year has also been issued on visiting friends and family, carol singing, going to churches and other places of worship and more. 

The Department for Health and Social Care has updated guidance on visiting arrangements in care homes

Thursday December 17

A statement on the review of the local restriction tiers in England from the Health and Social Care Secretary. 

Wednesday December 16

Joint statement on staying safe at Christmas from the UK Government, Scottish Government and Welsh Government. 

Friday December 11

The latest East Devon resident coronavirus update has now been issued and is available to read on the website.

Thursday December 10

The latest East Devon business coronavirus update has now been issued and is available to read on the website.

Tuesday December 1

Government advice on forming a Christmas bubble with friends and family.

Updated guidance to reflect the new tier system for owners and operators of beach, countryside and coastal destinations during COVID-19.

What you can and cannot do in an area in Tier 2 of local restrictions from tomorrow (2 December).

Monday 30 November

The Government have issued guidance to cover the Christmas Period

An update on the use of Beach Huts has been issued which can be used again from Thursday 3 December 2020.

It has been decided that unfortunately events will not be allowed on land owned by East Devon District Council until at least Wednesday 16 December 2020.

Friday 27 November

The latest East Devon resident and business coronavirus update has now been issued and is available to read on the website.

Thursday 26 November

The Government have issued a full list of local restriction tiers by area from Wednesday 2 December 2020.

The Prime Minster issued a statement on coronavirus

Tuesday 24 November

The Government have issued details on how to make a Christmas bubble with friends and family between the 23 and 27 December 2020.

The UK Government and the Devolved Administrations have agreed on joint arrangements for an easing of social restrictions that will allow friends and loved ones to reunite over the Christmas period.

Monday 23 November

The Prime Minster issued a statement on the Covid-19 Winter Plan.

The Government plan for managing Covid-19 through the end of 2020 and into the start of 2021, Covid-19 Winter Plan.

The Government have provided information to set out the Local Restriction tier system which will be in place from Wednesday 2 December, the document includes what you can and cannot do in each tier.

Friday 13 November

The latest East Devon business coronavirus update has been issued and is available to read online.

The latest East Devon resident coronavirus update has also been issued and is available to read online.

Local Restrictions Support Grant – Mandatory Scheme

East Devon District Council is administering a Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) to businesses which provide direct in-person services from premises and have been required to close from 5th November until 2nd December. See Government's guidance.

You do not need to contact us.

Eligible businesses can apply for these grants and we will be writing directly to businesses to raise awareness of this scheme.

The Government's list of business types which must close for this period includes businesses providing non-essential retail; personal care facilities; hospitality venues and leisure/entertainment. Please read the frequently asked questions to determine if you are eligible.

Monday 9 November

The Prime Minister's statement on Coronavirus. 

East Devon Coronavirus Community Support Hub is live again to help its most vulnerable residents with help during the national restrictions.

East Devon Skate Parks and Multi-Use Games Areas to close as part of the national restrictions.

Friday 6 November

A news release has been issued on East Devon District Council services in light of the national restrictions implemented across England.

Thursday 5 November

Government extends Furlough to March and increases self-employed support. Workers across the United Kingdom will benefit from increased support with a five-month extension of the furlough scheme into Spring 2021, the Chancellor announced today.

Wednesday 4 November

Prime Minister's statement on coronavirus to the House of Commons.

Clinically extremely vulnerable receive updated guidance from the Government in line with new national restrictions.

Updated How to help safely guidance for supporting friends and family in isolation from the Government.

Sand boards are back in place on Exmouth Seafront for winter.

Tuesday 3 November

A special edition of the East Devon Residents Coronavirus update has been issued with updates on the second lockdown.

Monday 2 November

The Government is increasing support for the self-employed over the coming months. The furlough scheme for employees has been extended by a month.

Prime Minister's statement to the House of Commons on coronavirus.

Devon Recycling centres will remain open during the latest lockdown, but please note that the re-use shops on the recycling centres will be closed from Thursday 5th November. For further information and updates on Devon County Council’s household recycling centres please check their website.

All LED Leisure Centres, swimming pools, Exmouth Pavilion and Ocean on Exmouth Seafront will close from Thursday 5 November.

Following the latest government guidance, the Thelma Hulbert Gallery has now closed its doors until 2 December 2020. The gallery hope to take their next exhibition: Present Makers 2020 online - watch out for updates!

Sunday 1 November

The Winter Car Park offer goes live today until the 31st March 2021. Purchase a £2 ticket from any ticket machine and it will be valid in any East Devon car park until midnight on the day of purchase.

Saturday 31 October

The Prime Minister's statement on Coronavirus and update on the lockdown from Thursday 5 November.

Data slides to accompany the Prime Minister's statement.

New National Restrictions from Thursday 5 November.

Friday 30 October

The latest East Devon Residents Coronavirus update has been published and is available to read online.

Thursday 29 October

Support for People and Businesses

The impact of the coronavirus/Covid19 pandemic is continuing to put a huge financial strain on some families. Employment situations are changing rapidly and for some people their income no longer covers what they need or they may have lost their jobs completely.

Help is available. If you know someone who is worrying about money and how to pay for basic household essentials, please encourage them to apply for extra assistance through funding made available by Devon County Council via East Devon District Council's hardship funds.

You can find out more about what support is available in East Devon, including how to apply for financial help, where to find foodbanks and community larders, free meals during the school holidays and what to do if you’re on a low income and need to self-isolate, by visiting

Monday 26 October

Job Support Scheme

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be phased out by 31 October. It will be replaced by the Government’s Job Support Scheme. 

Read more

Thursday 22 October

Plan for Jobs: Chancellor increases financial support for businesses and workers

The Government announced that it will increase its winter support schemes to ensure livelihoods and jobs across the UK continue to be protected and to help contain the virus. Measures include:

  • Open businesses which are experiencing considerable difficulty will be given extra help to keep staff on as government significantly increases contribution to wage costs under the Job Support Scheme and business contributions drop to 5%
  • Business grants are expanded to cover businesses in particularly affected sectors in high-alert level areas to help them stay afloat and protect jobs
  • Grants for the self-employed double to 40% of previous earnings 

Read more

Monday 19 October

The Government has launched the Export Growth Plan to help businesses in England build back better following the pandemic. The plan includes a £38 million Internationalisation Fund for small businesses, which will help up to 7,600 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in England grow their overseas trading and strengthen their business. 

Wednesday 14 October

Clinically extremely vulnerable people in England will receive new guidance to help them reduce their risk from coronavirus, tailored to where they live. Read more

Tuesday 13 October

Special East Devon Resident Coronavirus update

Monday 12 October

If you have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace and told to self-isolate on or after 28 September 2020, you’re under a legal obligation to do so, and could be eligible for a £500 Test and Trace Support Payment.

This guidance sets out who can claim support and explains how to apply.

The Prime Minster's statement on coronavirus to the House of Commons.

Information on Local COVID alert levels what you need to know, including what they mean, why they are being introduced and what the different levels are. East Devon is at 'Medium' level.

Friday 9 October

Chancellor announces Job Support Scheme expanded to firms required to close due to Covid Restrictions. 

Friday 2 October

Further information has been published on how businesses can claim the government’s Job Retention Bonus, with millions set to benefit from the £9 billion package.

Tuesday 29 September

Working safely

On 28 September, the government updated the advice on how to make your workplace COVID-secure with guidance for the following sectors:

• Heritage locations
• Hotels and other guest accommodation
• Performing arts
• The visitor economy


Support service for Northern Ireland trade goes live

On 28 September, the government announced that the new Trader Support Service is now live for business, providing education and guidance for traders moving goods under the Northern Ireland Protocol, including between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The free-to-use digital service will help businesses and traders of all sizes to navigate the changes to the way goods move once the Northern Ireland Protocol comes into effect on 1 January 2021.


Monday 28 September

From today (Monday 28 September) people across England will be required by law to self-isolate if they test positive or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace. 

Those on lower incomes who cannot work from home and have lost income as a result will also be eligible for a new £500 Test and Trace Support Payment.

Winter Economy Plan

On 24 September, the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP outlined additional government support to provide certainty to businesses and workers impacted by coronavirus across the UK. It includes a package of measures that will continue to protect jobs and help businesses through the months ahead. The package includes a new Job Support Scheme to protect millions of returning workers, extending the Self Employment Income Support Scheme and a 15% VAT cut for the hospitality and tourism sectors, and help for businesses in repaying government-backed loans. Read the winter economy plan

Friday 25 September

Joint statement from the UK Government, the Northern Ireland Executive, the Scottish Government and the Welsh Government on Covid-19

Thursday 24 September

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant extension

This grant is being extended from 1 November 2020. Find out if you’re eligible and how much you can receive. 

Kerbside collections of textiles

Kerbside collections of textiles from green recycling boxes will restart from Monday 28 September. As the textiles and shoes you recycle are reused, we need the best quality items you can provide. We also need the items to be securely bagged and put into your recycling box with the lid fitted. This helps keep your donations clean and dry and preserves the value and condition, so they can be reused.

The NHS COVID-19 app 

The NHS COVID-19 app launches nationwide today to help control COVID-19 transmission alongside national and local contact tracing. Features of the app include contact tracing using Bluetooth, risk alerts based on postcode district, QR check-in at venues, symptom checker and test booking – with user privacy and data security.
Businesses are now required by law to display the official NHS QR code posters from today so people can check-in at different premises with the app
People across England and Wales are being urged to download the NHS COVID-19 app to help control the spread of coronavirus and protect themselves and their loved ones as case numbers rise.

Closing certain businesses and venues - updated September 22, 2020

On 22 September, the government announced additional measures to address an increase in coronavirus cases. These changes may impact on some businesses in England. 

Wednesday 23 September

New coronavirus restrictions are being introduced in England. The following changes are being introduced immediately.

  • Changing guidance to ask people to work from home where they can
  • Placing new restrictions on operating hours for hospitality, leisure, entertainment and tourism businesses,
  • Putting more COVID-19 secure guidance for businesses into law
  • Expanding the range of settings where these legal obligations regarding specific COVID-19 secure guidelines will apply
  • Higher fines of up to £10,000 for businesses who break Covid-19 rules and the penalty for failing to wear a mask or breaking the rule of six will double to £200 for a first offence.
  • Reducing the list of exemptions to the ‘rule of six’
  • Pausing the planned 1 October changes for a return of business events and socially distanced crowds at sporting events.
  • Expanding the settings in which face coverings are required

The following links give further information on the new restrictions:

Tuesday 22 September

The Prime Minister's statement to the House of Commons about new restrictions being taken following the increase in coronavirus cases.

Monday 21 September

The COVID-19 alert level is moved from level 3 to level 4.

Friday 11 September

Businesses urged to prepare for NHS COVID-19 app

Pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, cinemas and other venues across England and Wales are being urged to download QR codes to prepare for public rollout of new app.

Wednesday 9 September

Social gatherings above six to be banned in England

Social gatherings of more than six people will be illegal in England from Monday, September 14.

Full guidance is available, including what you can and cannot do. 

New grants for businesses affected by local lockdowns

Businesses in England required to close due to local lockdowns or targeted restrictions will now be able to receive grants worth up to £1,500 every three weeks. To be eligible for the grant, a business must have been required to close due to local coronavirus restrictions. The largest businesses will receive £1,500 every three weeks they are required to close. Smaller businesses will receive £1,000.

Payments are triggered by a national decision to close businesses in a high incidence area. Each payment will be made for a three-week lockdown period. Each new three-week lockdown period triggers an additional payment. Read more

Wednesday 2 September

Check if you can apply for a grant through the Kickstart Scheme

If you are an employer looking to create job placements for young people, check if you can apply for funding as part of the Kickstart Scheme.

Tuesday 1 September

Claim money back through the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

If you have registered your establishment for the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme and offered scheme discounts to diners on Mondays to Wednesdays between 3 and 31 August, you can:

  • claim back the discount given on food and non-alcoholic drinks
  • submit weekly claims for August until 30 September

You must make the claim yourself, you cannot ask an agent to do it for you.

You must enter accurate details for all the establishments you’re claiming for before submitting your claim. If you need to amend information later your payment may be delayed.

See the guidance provided by GOV.UK for further information.

Monday 24 August

New online campaign for food businesses

The Food Standards Agency have developed a new online campaign to provide advice for food businesses. Here to Help provides easy access to practical information, guidance, case studies, industry insight and webinars to help food businesses get back and stay on their feet following the challenges of COVID-19 and remain compliant with food hygiene and safety requirements.

Monday 17 August

Self employed to benefit from second stage of support scheme

Millions of self-employed people whose livelihoods have been affected by coronavirus will be able to claim a second payment of up to £6,570 from today.

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Government has provided guidance on making your workplace COVID-secure.

Tuesday 11 August

Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test and how to get tested is on the GOV.UK website.

Friday 31 July

East Devon Coronavirus Residents update - 31 July 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has today made a statement about coronavirus. More information can be found on GOV.UK

Thursday 30 July

People who test positive for coronavirus or show symptoms in the UK must now self-isolate for at least 10 days rather than 7 days.
Statement from the Chief Medical Officer can be found on GOV.UK

Friday 24 July

Mandatory face coverings

Face coverings must be worn in additional enclosed public spaces from 24 July in England. 

Full guidance can be found on GOV.UK.

The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy

The Government has outlined its roadmap for how and when the UK will adjust its response to the COVID-19 crisis