Coronavirus infection

New restrictions introduced from 00.01 tomorrow – Thursday 31st December

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 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.

Full details are available on the new rules can be found on the government website

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.

Meanwhile, residents can help by taking the following simple steps to limit the spread of the virus:

• Wear a face covering in enclosed environments.

• Wash your hands frequently.

• Maintain social distancing including when meeting six people outside.

• Self-isolate when infection is suspected or confirmed.

• Ensure your home is well ventilated.

East Devon District Council has set up a Coronavirus Community Support Hub to help its vulnerable residents at this time. If you, or a friend or family member are clinically extremely vulnerable, or in need of help and support during the Coronavirus restrictions, we have a dedicated team who can help if you are:

- Feeling isolated
- Unable to access food or other services
- Not sure on where to go for help and advice

Please check our website.