Guide East Devon business Coronavirus update, 9 April 2020

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3. Trading Standards advice for hospitality sector

Easter is usually seen as the start of the holiday season, but Trading Standards are reminding owners of guest houses, hotels, campsites and restaurants to remain closed this Easter to help reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Most businesses are abiding with the new rules, but enforcement action will be taken against those who choose to ignore the government rules. Holidaymakers are also reminded that visiting the West Country for leisure is not regarded as essential travel and they risk receiving a fine from the police.

Check the list of businesses which must remain closed and which can be open.

Leader of East Devon District Council, Cllr Ben Ingham, said:

We know that East Devon is a great place to visit and if we were in normal times we would welcome you with open arms.

However, we are not in normal times and the message is very clear – ‘Stay at home and save lives’. We won’t be thanking you if action on your part results in our residents becoming infected which could lead to deaths. Please come back when this is all over.