24 June - North Devon Council Coronavirus update

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North Devon Council Newsletter

Current information about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Pubs, cafes and restaurants to reopen on July 4 as 2m rule becomes ‘1m plus’

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The Prime Minister has announced that the hospitality industry in England will reopen on July 4, and the two metre rule will become “one metre plus”.

In a bid to assist the reopening of pubs, restaurants and cafes, the safe social distance will be “one metre plus” some form of infection mitigation - for example on public transport it will be one metre plus a face covering.

People should continue to follow the two metre rule where possible, and if they cannot, they must stay a minimum of one metre apart and mitigate the risk of infection.

In a further relaxation of the coronavirus lockdown, from that date people will be able to meet indoors - at home, at the pub or anywhere else permitted to be open - with one other household of any size at a time.

Full list of businesses allowed to open:

  • Hotels, hostels bed and breakfast accommodation, holiday apartments or homes, cottages or bungalows, campsites, caravan parks or boarding houses
  • Places of Worship
  • Libraries
  • Community Centres
  • Restaurants, Cafes and Workplace Canteens
  • Bars
  • Pubs
  • Cinemas
  • Bingo Halls
  • Theatres and concert halls [guidance dictates no live performances]
  • Museums and galleries
  • Hair salons and barbers
  • Outdoor playgrounds
  • Outdoor gyms
  • Funfairs, theme parks and adventure parks and activities
  • Amusement arcades
  • Outdoor skating rinks
  • Other indoor leisure centres or facilities, including indoor games, recreation and entertainment venues
  • Social Clubs
  • Model villages
  • Indoor attractions at aquariums, zoos, safari parks, farms, wildlife centres and any place where animals are exhibited to the public as an attraction

Full list of businesses which must remain closed:

  • Nightclubs
  • Casinos
  • Bowling alleys and indoor skating rinks
  • Indoor play areas including soft-play
  • Spas
  • Nail bars and beauty salons
  • Massage, tattoo and piercing parlours
  • Indoor fitness and dance studios, and indoor gyms and sports venues/facilities
  • Swimming pools and water parks
  • Exhibition or Conference Centres - where they are to be used for exhibitions or conferences, other than for those who work for that venue.

Advice for shopping safely now that non-essential shops have re-opened

Shopping safely

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Plastic Free North Devon

Plastic free North Devon

The amazing Plastic Free North Devon (PFND) have launched their Visitor Campaign for 2020.

The first part of the campaign is the ‘Holiday Project’ for holiday accommodation providers. It aims to encourage individuals to make simple changes to single-use plastic use whilst on holiday.

PFND want locals and visitors alike to ditch their reliance on single-use items like plastic water bottles, bags and coffee cups and opt for REUSE and REFILL instead.

If you would like your business to help protect our incredible surroundings by promoting our campaign then please click on the link to fill in the sign up form.

PFND will then send you all the information you need. 

Please, please share this with any businesses who may be interested in joining this campaign.


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Financial support for the self-employed

Financial support

Are you self-employed? Financial support could be available if you’re self-employed and unable to work at the moment. Find out if you’re eligible: https://bit.ly/2MO83ia

Other sources of advice and information

Avoid misinformation on Coronavirus - only follow advice from official, trusted sources. 

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