Guide East Devon residents Coronavirus update - 17 April 2020

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2. This week's message from East Devon's Leader and Chief Executive

The Government has told us that we must keep up our national effort for longer, as we have come too far and sacrificed too much to give up too soon.

You have already stayed at home for three weeks and observed strict guidance on your movements. This was particularly tough over the Easter break, as the district enjoyed some glorious weather.

We were really pleased that the vast majority of residents followed the government's guidance and stayed at home this bank holiday weekend - it was a fantastic effort on your part, for which we thank you.

As a result of your restraint, there was a huge 85 per cent drop in traffic coming into Devon this Easter following our calls for holidaymakers and second home owners to stay away.

Of particular note, it has been truly heartwarming to see so many wonderful people and organisations across Devon stepping up to help those who need it as we all work together to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19).

Family, friends, neighbours and volunteer community groups are playing a significant part helping residents during this difficult time. Our staff and partners continue to work tirelessly to deliver our vital services and respond to the situation as it evolves each day.

There are indications that the measures put in place by the Government are starting to slow down the spread of the virus, which is why we have been asked to maintain our efforts for at least another three weeks.

So please can we count on you to continue to support these vital measures and stay at home to save lives and protect the NHS.

Stay safe and remember together #WeAreDevon.

Councillor Ben Ingham, Leader, East Devon District Council

Mark Williams, Chief Executive, East Devon District Council