East Devon residents' Coronavirus update Friday 22 May 2020

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Coronavirus weekly residents update

Coronavirus (Covid-19) update - 22 May 2020

Welcome to the weekly Coronavirus (Covid-19) update for East Devon residents. We are working to keep you informed through this email update and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pages on our website, which have all our latest information, and links to the Government, the NHS and our community.

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This week's message from East Devon's Chief Executive

This week we have seen some glorious weather across East Devon and the temptation to head to the beach or explore our beautiful countryside has never been greater, but I wanted to ask you all to think twice this bank holiday weekend before doing so. We want to avoid a second spike in infections in the South West at all costs and we all need to play our role in achieving this.

Travelling to a second home or staying in temporary holiday accommodation is still not permitted, caravan and camping sites remain closed and overnight stays in a caravan or camper vans are not permitted.

It is also important to remember many of our shops and facilities remain closed and if you do head to the beach be aware, there are no RNLI lifeguards in operation.

If you do venture out for exercise it is important that you ensure you maintain social distancing rules and keep at least two metres away from other people, also avoid touching shared surfaces such as gates and stiles – and sanitise your hands regularly.

Maintaining people’s safety at this time remains our paramount concern and we thank you all for continuing to support one and other at this time. And if you are a potential visitor to the area sadly we are not quite able to roll out the welcome mat for you so we ask you to come back later when it is safe to do so.

Stay Safe and Stay Well

Together #WeareDevon

Best wishes
Mark Williams

Think Twice

New customers can now subscribe for a Green Waste Collection

Green Waste vehicle

We are now able to take new green waste customers. You can subscribe for a green waste collections by visiting our website or by calling our Customer Service Centre on 01395 571515

Recycling in East Devon Soars Amidst Lockdown

Every Can Counts

Every Can Counts congratulates the people of East Devon for embracing recycling amidst lockdown and thanks the unsung heroes of the pandemic.

Fresh figures gathered by Every Can Counts, in conjunction with the District Council are showing a massive increase in recycling during lockdown, as reports of the environmental silver lining of social distancing continue to grow.



Read more on this very positive news.

Coronavirus symptoms - May 2020

Date of East Devon Extraordinary virtual meeting 

East Devon News

East Devon District Council’s Extraordinary Virtual Meeting which was due to take place on Wednesday 27 May has been cancelled. The Council will now hold  two Extraordinary Virtual Meetings on Thursday 28 May. 

The first of those meetings at 5pm, will ask members whether they wish to hold a meeting on Monday 8 June to elect the Chair and Vice Chair of the Council. The second meeting, beginning at 5.30pm, will elect a new Leader and receive the Leader’s appointments of the Deputy Leader and the Cabinet.

All our virtual committee meetings can be now viewed via our YouTube channel, search for 'East Devon District Council' and visit the website for the agenda for this meeting. 

On-street parking enforcement due to resume

On street parking enforcement resumes

With the government encouraging some sectors of the economy back to work, and enabling people to travel more, there has been increasing traffic levels on our roads. 

Devon County Council have announced this week that their parking enforcement officers will be deployed to areas where issues have been raised by communities, Police and local councillors. 

Initially they will not be issuing penalty charge notices - instead they will just be issuing warning notices to anyone flouting parking restrictions in on-street pay and display, limited waiting bays and residents' parking areas.   

This to give drivers a grace period to get used to the resumption of enforcement which will start ‘live’ next week, from Monday 25 May.

East Devon Coronavirus Community Support Hub Hotline

Community Hub update

Since it was set up on 30 March our Coronavirus Community Hub Hotline has received on average 50 calls per day since opening. It is supporting people with finding help for food deliveries and picking up prescriptions.

Individuals or organisations can now request or offer community support by filling out one of our online form​s. You can search by postcode on the East Devon District Council Coronavirus Community Support Hub to find your local group or organisation providing support at this time.

Call the Community Hub hotline now on 01395 571500 if you, or a group you know, needs help or you would like to volunteer. The line is open normally Monday to Friday (not Bank Holiday Monday) 9am to 5pm.

Coronavirus Community Support Hub News

On Wednesday the Government announced a new process for honours nominations, making it easier to nominate those who have contributed to the coronavirus response.

Contributions can include:

Frontline work supporting the most vulnerable members of society and those who have caught coronavirus
Providing critical care to coronavirus patients
Developing innovations to support the vulnerable and those with coronavirus
Going to extraordinary lengths to keep critical services going
Volunteering in the community or for service organisations in support of those affected by coronavirus

The nomination form requires details about the candidate and a summary of the impact the person has made.

Further details and to nominate can be found by visiting the website.

Business Update

Business update

We have paid out over £40m in grants to support East Devon businesses. If you are yet to claim your grant or want to decline it please fill in the online form.

Guidance for local authorities on Government’s new ‘top-up’ fund has been published and we are working with our Devon authority partners to develop the policy for the grants to respond to local need. It is clear though, that the amount of funding available in the District (circa £2.5m) relative to the priorities already identified in the national guidance (including B&Bs, charities, market traders and businesses in shared office space) will mean that grants are likely to be restrained in amount, as the likely demand on the fund will significantly exceed the limited amount of funding the Government has allocated. There will be more news on the fund next week.

Our East Devon Business Continuity Programme of FREE informative webinars, brought to you by Cosmic, provides practical support to help you adapt to the current circumstances. From digital marketing made easy to using Zoom, Facebook, Instagram and improving your website, these helpful sessions provide real and useful guidance to reshaping your business for it to survive and thrive, so sign up to these without delay.

Stay up to date by subscribing to our business update, add your email address and choose the ‘business’ topic.

Thelma Hulbert Gallery update

Thelma Hulbert Gallery’s doors may be closed but they are staying connected online, sharing art practices and workshops to help keep our spirits up.

Nature Short

NATURE SHORT 6 – Jo Lathwood

How to make Oak Gall Ink

Artist Jo Lathwood shares how to make a traditional old ink called Oak Gall Ink (or Iron Oak Ink).

The ink is unique as it is lightfast and does not fade in sunlight like many natural inks. The Dead Sea Scrolls, original bank notes and numerous medieval manuscripts were all written in Oak Gall Ink.

Part of Culture + Climate 2020 in partnership with East Devon AONB, NATURE SHORTS is an online series showcasing art practices which inspire, build creativity and deepen our connection with nature especially during isolation. Every Wednesday, May to June.

Wild East Devon update

Nature up!

Wild East Devon

Whilst our hides have been closed at Seaton Wetlands for people they are definitely open for wildlife. The island hide has its usual swallow family, also a wood pigeon and the Discovery hut hide has the beginnings of a new swallow nest!

Why not challenge yourself to grow a sunflower this month. These flowers are great for wildlife, with bees and insects enjoying the pollen and birds loving the seeds later in the year. They look great too.

Outdoor activities for lockdown


We have been a sharing more exciting home schooling activities this week including Windy Day Mobiles, Symmetry in nature and Camouflage caterpillar game.

Please go to the webpage for latest videos

Our nature reserves are still open for visiting including Seaton Wetlands where toilets and hides will remain closed. Please follow social distancing guidelines when enjoying any of our sites at this time. For site information go to our webpages  

Check out @wildeastdevon to get the latest news.

Free online courses

NHS Open for Business

You can still contact your GP, 111 online or call 111 for help. If you are told to go to hospital, you must go. The NHS will give you the care you need www.nhs.uk

Trusted sources of advice and information

Please make sure that you only follow advice from trusted, official sources: