East Devon residents' Coronavirus update Friday 7 August 2020

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Coronavirus weekly residents update

Coronavirus (Covid-19) update - 7 August 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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East Devon District Council's response to Coronavirus

EDDC covid statistics update

Over the course of the COVID-19 crisis, East Devon District Council has worked quickly to ensure its residents, communities and businesses have been well informed, supported and protected. We will continue to support our district through the pandemic and we have produced an infobite which captures our response during these challenging times.

The infobite summarises in one place many of our activities including the thousands of calls we’ve taken from people needing our help, the number of emergency food parcels and dietary boxes we’ve delivered to residents, the support and funding we’ve given to community groups and our businesses, as well as continuing to collect record amounts of recycling and waste from lockdown onwards.

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Face covering changes

From Saturday 8 August the places where you will have to wear a face covering will be expanded, click on the read more button to find the full list of where you will have to wear a face covering.

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Please dispose of used face masks, by placing them into a plastic bag; tie the top of the bag to prevent escape of the material and place securely into the refuse bin. Any potentially infectious waste should be double bagged and stored for 72 hours before being put out for collection.

Please do not place disposable face masks into any recycling box or other recycling container. 

Stay #WeatherAware

The forecast this week currently looks like it will be very warm with high UV and low ozone forecasted for much of the country. Try to stay out of the direct sun between 11am & 3pm when UV rays are strongest. If you are going out in the hot weather, walk in the shade & apply sunscreen. Beat the heat by wearing a hat, & light, loose cotton clothes.

Stay Weather Aware if you or others feel unwell, get dizzy, weak, anxious or have intense thirst move to a cool place, rehydrate and cool your body down.

Lose some weight for 'Better Health'

Better Health

If you're trying to lose some weight, a new campaign might just give you the impetus that you need.

Nearly two thirds (63%) of adults in the UK are overweight or living with obesity. Gaining weight is often a gradual process that takes place over a number of years and modern life doesn’t always make it easy. This extra weight causes pressure to build up around vital organs, making it harder for the body to fight against diseases like cancer, heart disease and now COVID-19.

A brand-new Better Health webpage is available providing tools to help people manage their weight loss – from checking their BMI, to getting access to free support tools including the NHS 12-week weight loss plan.

The weight loss plan, also available via a new app, promotes evidence based safe and sustainable weight loss. It helps users to make healthier choices, by providing the most up-to -date evidence based healthy eating and physical activity advice in a magazine format that enables them to keep track of their calorie intake, portions of fruit and veg, physical activity level and teaches skills to prevent weight gain.

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East Devon Business Update

Business update

Multi-million-pound funding awarded for new building at Exeter Science Park

Exeter Science Park has been awarded £5 million from the Government’s national ‘Getting Building’ fund to develop its ‘Grow-out Building’ for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in science, technology, engineering, maths and medical (STEMM) sectors.

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Support your local food businesses in East Devon by Eating out to Help out 

The #EatOutToHelpOut scheme launched this week! Where have you been to eat?Remember, there is no limit to the number of times you use the scheme between Mon-Wed in August.

Find participating restaurants, pubs or cafes with our 'Restaurant Finder' here

Restaurant Finder

The claims service for restaurants taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme is now open.

Information on making a claim is available online:

Small businesses are the heart of our economy, keep them strong by
Spending Local: Eating Local: Enjoying Local; #ShopLocal

Share your favourite local businesses next week on social media by tagging then with the #ShopLocal hashtag

East Devon home repairs service for 4,200 council properties gradually returning to normal

Ian Williams Ltd

The repairs service for tenants living in East Devon’s 4,200 council properties is gradually returning to normal following the challenges of ensuring the safety of residents and staff during the Covid-19 lockdown while operating an emergency repairs programme.

As we ease out of the restrictions, the council’s repairs team, working with its partners Ian Williams Ltd who maintain the properties, are to revisit all non-urgent works that have been reported over the lockdown period. There are still some delays being experienced but slowly the service is returning to business as usual.

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All remaining play areas to reopen from Monday 10 August

Furzehill, Sidbury

We are pleased to announce our remaining play areas will be officially re-opening from this coming Monday 10th August, this is a week ahead of schedule. 

The following play parks will reopen next week:

  • Loretto Road, Axminster
  • Millwey Rise, Axminster
  • North Street Allotment, Axminster
  • Underleys, Beer
  • Park Close, Clyst Hydon
  • Foretown, Clyst St Lawrence
  • The Signals, Feniton
  • Betjeman Drive, Exmouth
  • Cheriswood Avenue, Exmouth
  • Durham Close, Exmouth
  • St Malo, Exmouth
  • Truro Drive, Exmouth
  • Whitman Close, Exmouth
  • Butts Close, Honiton
  • Charles Road, Honiton
  • Dove Close, Honiton
  • Heath Park, St Leonards, Honiton
  • Joslin Road, Honiton
  • Langford Avenue, Honiton
  • Middle Park, Honiton
  • Phillip Square, Honiton
  • Turner Close, Newton Poppleford
  • Furzehill, Sidbury
  • Higher Brook Meadow, Sidford
  • Glebe Close, Upton Pyne

Full list of Play Areas

Thelma Hulbert Gallery update

Local artists selected for Exmouth art commission

Abode of Love, Exmouth seafront

Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) has selected the 60 local artists, creatives and organisations to complete the final stage of the rejuvenation of a section of the Exmouth seafront, known as the Abode of Love.

Earlier in the month the Exmouth community, including artists and creatives, were asked in a local call out to share how they wanted to shape Exmouth’s creative journey.

A panel including local artist Anna Fitzgerald, designer Gary Cook, Exmouth councillor Joe Whibley, Ruth Gooding (THG) and Harriet Bates (Infusion art café) selected 60 participants from the respondents including artists, performers, musicians, writers and designers.

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Wild East Devon update

Get up close with wildlife at Seaton Wetlands new sculpture trail

Wild East Devon

Families can now enjoy a new wildlife-themed sculpture trail at Seaton Wetlands, featuring 11 natural sculptures spread around the nature reserve.

Funded by Tesco’s Bags of Help, all of the sculptures have been made by craftsmen out of natural materials. Coates Willow created seven of the sculptures by weaving willow to form intricate wildlife sculptures. The four wooden sculptures were made by Greenspace Design, a local team who specialise in detailed timber carvings.

The Wild East Devon team have carefully chosen to install the sculptures at locations that won’t disturb the resident wildlife. The trail starts near the car park and follows the main path, past Black Hole Marsh and around Stafford Marsh.

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Seaton Wetlands Sculpture Trail

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

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