Thursday 25 June

East Devon Business update

East Devon Coronavirus Business Update - 25/06/2020 

Food safety

tentWe have advice for food businesses re-opening to help you protect yourself and your staff from Coronavirus and give customers confidence in your business.

By using this information you will be able to protect yourself and your staff from Coronavirus and give customers confidence in your business. Our Food Safety Officers in Environmental Health are available to talk through your plans and offer free advice before you opening your business call 01395 517456 or email to be put in touch with your district officer.

Wednesday 24 June


Following yesterday's announcement on re-opening, our licensing team have put together some information that licensed businesses need to consider for reopening. See the licensing pages for more information.

Tourism and visitor economy

Guidance to get the Tourism and Visitor Economy back up and running is designed to give confidence to the public to safely take domestic holidays and visit attractions on days out from 4 July.
Read working safely for:

The visitor economy
Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services
Hotels and other guest accommodation
Close contact services (hairdressers, tattoists, tailors etc)
Heritage locations

Early years providers

Early years providers are now able to open for all children and should follow protective measures.

Tuesday 23 June

Easing of lockdown

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has today (Tuesday 23 June) set out further changes to lockdown measures in England

From July 4:

Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers will be able to reopen, providing they adhere to COVID Secure guidelines.

Two households will be able to meet up in any setting with social distancing measures, and that people can now enjoy staycations in England with the reopening of accommodation sites.

Some leisure facilities and tourist attractions may also reopen, if they can do so safely – this includes:

  • outdoor gyms and playgrounds
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • galleries
  • theme parks
  • arcades
  • libraries
  • social clubs
  • places of worship
  • community centres.

2-metre rule

Where it is not possible to stay two metres apart, guidance will allow people to keep a social distance of ‘one metre plus’. This means staying one metre apart, plus mitigations which reduce the risk of transmission.

Full guidance is on GOV.UK. 

Thelma Hulbert Gallery

Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) plans to reopen its doors on July 11.

The gallery has reconfigured the visitor experience to ensure the safety of visitors and staff following government guidelines.

The gallery’s new opening hours will be: Thursday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm.

Individuals and households of up to 4 people will be able to book a guided tour of the current exhibition (up to 45 minutes). 6 tours will take place each day.

Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19

The government has updated its guidance for people who are shielding taking into account that coronavirus COVID-19 infection rates have decreased significantly over the last few weeks.

People who are shielding remain vulnerable and should continue to take precautions but may now choose to leave their home, as long as they are able to maintain strict social distancing.

If you choose to spend time outdoors, you may do so with members of your own household. If you live alone, you can spend time outdoors with one person from another household or you may choose to spend time outdoors with one person from another household. Ideally, this should be the same person each time.

Full guidance can be found on GOV.UK.

Additional guidance for young people who are shielding is also on the Government website.