East Devon residents' Coronavirus update Friday 17 July 2020

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Coronavirus weekly residents update

Coronavirus (Covid-19) update - 17 July 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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Face coverings in shops will be mandatory from 24 July 2020

Face coverings are mandatory from 24 July 2020

From 24 July in England, it will be mandatory to wear a face covering in shops and supermarkets. Find a full list of people who are exempt here

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Remember if you have a:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

You must:

  1. Stay at home (self-isolate) – do not leave your home or have visitors. Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also self-isolate.
  2. Get a test – get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible. Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, should also get a test if they have symptoms.
Test and Trace

Council offers advice to businesses to operate safely and be Covid-19 compliant

As businesses re-open across East Devon, the district council is working constructively and pragmatically to ensure that we support each other safely through this all-important phase while maintaining a strong focus on public health alongside supporting livelihoods.

The council wants to help businesses operate legally, taking into consideration such factors as licensing and public safety as well as helping firms be Covid-19 compliant.

Whilst we appreciate businesses need to begin trading successfully again, businesses must take steps to help their customers stay safe, social distance and, if you operate a shop from July 24 your customers must wear face masks. The council can help businesses comply with these regulations with advice and if you do need help, contact our environmental health team at environmentalhealth@eastdevon.gov.uk

The forthcoming government relaxation of pavement licenses comes into force in early August and East Devon will be administering these licenses.

In the meantime any hospitality business that wishes to expand their outside trading or licensable area need to be aware that a Temporary Events Notice (TENs) and landowner permission is required. For a TENs license, you need to apply at least working five days in advance and more information is available on our website how to apply for a temporary event notice.

More rail services for Devon and Cornwall


As lockdown is eased it is expected more customers will return to rail, especially for journeys to the South West. To support this GWR are adding a number of additional services for Devon and Cornwall from Saturday 25th July.

This will mean three additional services from London Paddington on Saturdays and four additional round trips (8 services) on our local trains between Exeter/Plymouth and Penzance.  

During the week a further six round trips from London Paddington (12 services). In addition to the London services, GWR will also be adding a further three round trips (6 services) between Exeter/Plymouth and Penzance. This should provide the extra capacity needed to support safer travel through the summer. 

GWR are asking customers to wash their hands, travel off peak if they can, use mobile ticketing if possible and to wear a face covering unless exempt.  The company have increased their cleaning regimes including an overnight viricidal spray.  Extra staff will be at key stations to offer help and guidance, and processes in place to help customers maintain social distancing as much as possible.

Dates of next East Devon virtual Council meetings

Council meetings update

This week East Devon District Council virtual meetings are:

  • Cabinet on Tuesday 21st July at 5pm
  • Planning Committee on Wednesday 22nd July at 10am
  • Strategic Planning Committee on Thursday 23rd July at 5pm

The meetings can all be viewed on our YouTube channel by searching for 'East Devon District Council' or by subscribing.


13,500 households have now signed up for our Green Waste Collection Service, have you?

Green waste collections hits new record!

Make your gardening easier!

13,500 households across East Devon already do, by subscribing to our popular fortnightly green waste kerb-side collections.

You can sign up at eastdevon.gov.uk/green or call 01395 571515 

Thelma Hulbert Gallery update

Welcome back!

Richard Long Exhibition

THG is open again with the relaunch of  ARTIST ROOMS Richard Long Being in the Moment.

A reminder that the new opening hours are: THURSDAY to SATURDAY 10am to 5pm with guided tours for individuals and households of up to 4 people.

The gallery has been reconfigured to make it a safer environment for you: Here's what to expect.

Visitor feedback has been really positive : "Tentative first family trip since COVID-19 lockdown...Wonderful experience, a guided and private tour of TATE Richard Long exhibition. Highly recommended. Thanks to all staff for making it possible!" 

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Wild East Devon update

Wild East Devon Art Competition 2020

Wild East Devon

We’re delighted to announce that we’re on the lookout for talented artists of all ages to get creative and inspired by nature at our ten reserves. Whether you are a little nature explorer looking for an arty project over the summer holidays, or an adult with a flair for the artistic, this competition is open to everyone.

What To Do

Create a piece of art inspired by of our ten nature reserves across East Devon.

To Enter

Please email a photo of your artwork to wild@eastdevon.gov.uk with the heading Art Competition 2020, and please include in the email your age and which nature reserve has inspired you. If your submission makes the shortlist, we’ll be in touch with further details after the competition closes. There’s no limit to how you create your artwork: paint, pencil, textiles, collages… anything goes!

The Prizes!

Each shortlisted artwork will be included in an exhibition at Seaton Wetlands Nature Reserve in early 2021 and the artists will be invited to the opening ceremony. The chosen winners will have their artwork included in Wild East Devon’s 2021 calendar and shown across our nature reserves!

A special award and prize will be given for the top entry as chosen by our Wild East Devon Rangers.

For the rules and more information, visit the website

Wild East Devon Art Competition

To keep in touch with the Wild East Devon Team follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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 over 2000 calls. 

Individuals or organisations can 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 9am to 5pm.

Trusted sources of advice and information

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

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