2. Devon to move to Tier 3 Very High Alert from 0001 on New Year's Eve
Following the designation today that Devon, including East Devon, will be moving to a Tier 3 coronavirus area, residents are being urged to continue to play their part to protect themselves, their family, friends and neighbours.
From one minute past midnight tomorrow (Thursday 31st December), the district will move into tougher Tier 3 restrictions — also known as alert level very high — following a rise in Covid-19 cases in recent days. The rest of Devon – including Plymouth and Torbay – also move into Tier 3.
In Tier 3, people must not meet anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor or outdoor setting, whether at home or in their own garden. The 'rule of six' applies in open public spaces such as parks and beaches.
Hospitality, such as pubs, restaurants, bars and cafes, are allowed to stay open for takeaway, drive-through or delivery service only.
Cllr Paul Arnott, Leader of East Devon District Council, said:
The threat from the new and more transmittable strain of the virus is extremely serious and the people of East Devon must do all they can to protect the health of both themselves and others.
I wish everyone a happy new year and urge you to celebrate safely from your own home and respect at all times the increased safety obligations of Tier 3.”
East Devon District Council remains closed for Christmas at the moment and will re-open for the New Year at 8.30am on Monday 4 January 2021.
In an emergency, please contact our 24-hour helpline on 01395 516854.