The Latest Covid-19 News Update

Important Update

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12 June 2020

Stay Alert > Control The Virus > Save Lives

Test and Trace Scam Alert

Test and Trace

Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service is warning residents to be aware of scammers looking to exploit the new NHS Test and Trace service.

If you see or hear anything suspicious, report it to the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133 or via the Citizens Advice website.

If you think you’ve been scammed, contact the Police on 101.

Support Bubbles

Elderly Relative

Good News! From Saturday, adults who live alone, or single parents with young children, can meet again with one other house to create a “support bubble”. 

You can spend time together inside each others’ homes and you don't need to social distance from each other.

Support bubbles are for only one other house you not multiple households. If someone in the bubble develops symptoms, all members will need to follow the usual advice on for isolation.

Outside of these specific bubbles, it is still against the law to start meeting inside other people’s homes.

You can continue to meet in a group of up to six people outdoors (including people you don’t live with), as long as you continue to social distance from them and keep at least 2 metres apart.

Shielding Update

1.5m Vulnerable

If you are high risk and are shielding, the guidance advises you to continue to shield and do everything you can to stay at home.

If careful, you can now spend time outdoors once a day. This can be with members of your home or, if you're shielding alone, with one person from another household.

This is allowed because the risk of transmission has been found to be much lower outdoors. Unfortunately, those shielding should not yet form a support bubble.

Outdoor Attractions


If you've been desperate to go to the zoo, safari park or to an outdoor cinema, you'll be pleased to hear that outdoor attractions are allowed to open from Monday.

Attractions will need to first be able to guarantee visitor safety and they must keep indoor areas such as reptile houses closed.

Masks Required on Public Transport 

Transport - face masks

From Monday, it is a legal requirement that if you're travelling on public transport you need to wear a face mask. You will be refused travel if you aren't wearing one.

Make sure that your face covering covers your mouth and nose while allowing you to breathe comfortably. Remember to wash your hands before putting them on and after taking it off to keep cross infection to a minimum.

If you prefer to make your own face mask and show your individuality, you can find out how to make. and wear,one here.

The evidence suggests that wearing a face covering does not protect you, but it may protect others if you are infected but have not yet developed symptoms.

What is the Latest on Schools?

Older School Children

Year 10 and 12 secondary school and Further Education college students return to face-to-face education from Monday.

Schools are already open for early years (aged 0-5), Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 groups, subject to local arrangements.  Those primary school children who have not already returned to school, will now return in September, rather than before the summer holiday as originally planned. 

Remember, that children of critical workers whatever their age can still request a school place. Contact your school for further details.

Find out more about the Government’s approach to education and how schools are preparing to safely teach. 

Devon Councils Working Together

Devon certainly knows how to pull together. Throughout the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic we’ve worked quickly to ensure our residents, communities and businesses are well informed, supported, and protected.

As we move slowly into this next phase - with restrictions starting to ease further and plans being made for how Devon will recover from the lockdown, we must continue to work together and build on the effort everyone has made so far to keep ourselves and others safe and well.

Here are some of the things we have done as a Local Resilience Forum during the Coronavirus lockdown...

Team Devon Infographic

And Finally...

To repeat what you’ve heard so many times before, stay alert, maintain social distancing and keep washing your hands.

Help control the virus by getting tested if you have symptoms and isolating if you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace.