East Devon residents Coronavirus update - Wednesday 30 December 2020

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Christmas coronavirus resident update

Coronavirus (Covid-19) update -
30 December 2020

Following the announcement by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care today this is a special Coronavirus (Covid-19) update for East Devon residents and businesses with information we hope will be of interest to you.

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Devon to move to Tier 3 Very High Alert from 0001 on New Year's Eve 

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 own 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.

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.”

East Devon District Council remains closed for Christmas at the moment and will re-open for the New Year at 8.30am on Monday 4 January 2021.

In an emergency, please contact our 24-hour helpline on 01395 516854.

UK Government Tier 3 Very High Alert

For information on what you can and cannot do in an area in Tier 3 of local restrictions.

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The details of the changes to the local restrictions by area from 0001 on New Year's Eve (Thursday 31 December). 

A reminder to see this New Year in safely from home

New Year's Eve

On New Year's Eve it is important to remember that as a Tier 3 area in Devon you should not be mixing indoors with people who are not from your household or support bubble. Be safe and celebrate the start of the New Year from home with your own household or support bubble.

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Are you ready? New rules for business are in place from this Friday.

UK Transitions

As of Friday 1 January 2021 there will be new rules for business and citizens as the UK's transition period with the European Union ends. Click on the Government's website for more information to see how this will affect your business and sign up for emails to get updates on what you need to do.

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East Devon Coronavirus Support Hub

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 information on our website to help, if you are:

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

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Mental Health support over Christmas and New Year

If you are in crisis and in need of urgent mental health support in Devon, the 24/7 First Response Service is here to help. Call free 24/7 on 0808 196 8708.

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Trusted sources of advice and information

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

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