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The council is monitoring the situation regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) closely and is liaising regularly with experts at Public Health England, the Department of Health and Social Care, the NHS, Devon County Council and others. We are taking all possible steps to keep East Devon’s residents, visitors, businesses and our staff safe.

The Government has brought in guidance aimed at trying to delay the spread of the virus.

The measures are:

Latest measures: March 23 2020

Stay at home

You should only leave the house for one of four reasons:

  • Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.
  • One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household.
  • Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
  • Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.

More guidance on the latest measures can be found on GOV.UK. 

Social distancing

The government have updated their guidance on social distancing.

This guidance is for everyone, including children.

Additional measures

These measures are in addition to the key message from health professionals which is to wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap.

For those who question why soap and warm water is so effective in preventing the virus, Professor Palli Thoradson, based at the University of New South Wales, sets out the reasons why.

For children, you may want to show them this video produced by the NHS showing them how to wash their hands with a catchy song. 

Coronavirus advice in Devon

Devon County Council is providing daily updates on the coronavirus situation - coronavirus advice in Devon - with links to guidance covering the following:

  • Latest updates - number of UK cases, latest test figures, number of cases by local authority area.
  • Schools and families
  • Care homes, vulnerable and older people
  • Business and employers
  • Communities and voluntary sector organisations
  • Public transport and public places
  • Warning about scams
  • Your wellbeing
  • Resources, including posters, which support efforts to stop coronavirus in workplaces or organisations. (Please note, these are designed for printing purposes only, and will not be fully accessible to someone using assistive technology such as a screen reader)