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Don't put yourself at risk when rules relax

This week has seen a series of Government announcements setting out its plans to remove COVID-19 restrictions from 19 July.  Confirmation of the end of lockdown restrictions along with further guidance on the way ahead is expected from the Prime Minister next week.

You need two doses for maximum protection

Confirmed cases of the Delta variant continue to increase in the South West, and in Teignbridge the number has risen from 56 to 89, reinforcing the  importance of continuing to follow the current guidelines to help stop the spread.

The good news though is that in the latest study, COVID-19 infection rates for double vaccinated under-65s are three times lower than in unvaccinated under-65s.  The effect of the vaccination underlines the importance of people taking up their jabs when they're due.

Moving to step 4. The UK is in a much stronger position because of our successful vaccine programme but Covid-19 has not gone away.

The Prime Minister's statement on Monday has been followed up by announcements from Government ministers on changes in education and on self isolation rules.

Although most rules are scheduled to be lifted on 19 July, people who have been in close contact of a positive case will have to continue to self-isolate until 16 August.  After that date those who have been fully vaccinated will no longer need to.

The Transport Secretary Grant Schapps announced yesterday that from 4am on 19 July, arrivals from amber list countries who have been fully vaccinated with an NHS administered vaccine in the UK will no longer need to quarantine.  They will continue to be required to complete a pre-departure test before arriving in England, alongside a PCR test on or before day 2 after arrival. 

Steve Brown, Devon’s Director of Public Health (Designate)

Responding to Monday’s Prime Ministerial press conference,  Devon’s Director of Public Health Devon, Steve Brown is encouraging people to continue taking steps to minimise risk to themselves and others. 

“The Prime Minister has given us an early indication of his direction of travel, announcing the intended move away from legal restrictions that limit numbers of people meeting, how close we can be to other people from outside our households, and that end the requirement for us to wear face coverings.

“I echo Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer’s clarification and confirmation that he will however continue wearing a mask, particularly at this point where the epidemic is clearly significant and rising.”

The Government this week also updated its COVID-19 Response: Summer 2021 Roadmap setting out its plans to lift the remaining COVID-19 restrictions in England.

Covid -19 Response: Summer 2021
  • The end of the one metre plus rule on social distancing
  • It will no longer be a legal requirement to wear face coverings in any setting, including on public transport, although guidance will suggest where you might choose to do so or necessary to work from home
  • There will be no limits on the number of people you can meet
  • There will be no limits on the number of people who can attend life events, like weddings and funerals – and no restrictions on communal worship and singing
  • Legal requirements on how businesses operate will be removed and all businesses will be able to reopen
  • The cap on named care home visitor numbers will be lifted
  • There will be no COVID-19 certificates required as a condition of entry to any venue or event, although businesses and events can make use of certification
  • The vaccine dose interval for under-40s will be reduced from 12 to eight weeks, so that everyone over-18 should be fully vaccinated by mid-September
  • Plans to offer the most vulnerable to COVID-19 a booster vaccination from September 

Jon the millions across the UK who have safely received the Covid-19 vaccine. Don't delay in getting your vaccine when it is offered to you

All adults urged to get second dose after eight weeks

People in Devon are being urged to bring forward their second Covid-19 vaccination to reduce the interval between doses to eight weeks.

They can either rebook their appointment or attend one of the many walk-in clinics being held around Devon.

All adults are now eligible to have the second dose of their Covid-19 vaccination eight weeks after the first. 

The Government has recently brought forward a second dose for those under 40. This means that all adults will have had the opportunity to get a full course of vaccine by mid-September.

Details of walk-in clinics are being regularly shared on NHS Devon CCG’s social media pages.  You can also find your nearest walk-in clinic here

Booked appointments can be made through the National Booking Service or by calling 119. If you attend a walk-in session and have a booked appointment for a second dose, please remember to cancel it.


Expanding ways to communicate with our residents

We have just joined NextDoor and are on a number of other social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn so that we can engage with you, our residents, through as many ways as possible. 

We read all the posts on all these channels and will do our best to direct questions to the right people and respond within two working days.  We have a social media policy which you can view, which outlines how we will behave and how we’d ask you to behave in return – for more information please visit our website.

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Managing development in and around villages

As we near the halfway stage in our local plan sites options consultation, our focus this week has been on what it means for village development.

Stopping inappropriate unplanned development in locations from being permitted through the planning appeal process is especially important for many of our village and small town communities.

That’s why possible site options for development identified in the consultation which can take larger numbers of houses are mainly around the district’s towns, maximising opportunities for access to services, employment, public transport, walking and cycling.

But if we are going to resist unplanned development that erodes the character of village communities, it is important that some sites are identified in those areas, not least because a limited amount of development may support existing local services.

Those possible sites are in or around villages where there are some existing facilities, including as a minimum, a primary school, and the numbers of properties the consultation suggests could be built in each village tend to relate to the services available there.  

Some development within villages will provide important local opportunities for housing and neighbourhood facilities without overburdening them.

You can read more in an article on our website.  And if you want to comment on any of the site included in the consultation make sure you go to and complete the online survey.

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Additional RNLI patrolled beaches 

From this weekend the RNLI is extending the number of beaches with a lifeguard service, reflecting the increase in beach users as we move into the height of summer.

Beaches local to Teignbridge which have been added include Bigbury-on-Sea, Hope Cove, Slapton Sands (Monument), Blackpool Sands and Teignmouth South.    RNLI lifeguards will patrol daily between 10am-6pm and will be on hand to advise beach users on safety issues.

Steve Instance, RNLI’s Water Safety Lead for the South West says: “‘With the addition of another 19 RNLI lifeguarded beaches, bringing the total to over 90, it gives people in the South West a wide range of options to always choose a lifeguarded beach. If you’re heading in the water always swim between the red and yellow flags. The area between the flags is actively patrolled by the lifeguards and is the safest for swimming and body-boarding".

If you spot anyone in danger in the water alert the lifeguards or call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

A full list of RNLI lifeguarded beaches can be found here:  Image courtesy of RNLI/Dean Wright

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Putting down roots - tree planting in Teignbridge

If you haven't already please tell us what you think of our plan to plant more trees and give us your ideas.

It only takes a few minutes to complete the short survey on our new 2021-2026 Tree Strategy - The right tree in the right place and your suggestions could help us find new places to plant.

The new strategy recognises the benefits trees provide and the increasingly important role they play in reducing the effects of climate change, flood prevention and pollution control.

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Expanding activities

The Alice Cross Community Centre in Teignmouth is expanding activities as COVID rules are reduced and its July newsletter is now available setting out what’s on.

New groups starting this month include Tai Chi, Yoga, IT for the terrified, Grief Support sessions.  The Centre will be open on Friday mornings from 10am for coffee and chat or just somewhere to come and relax and socialise.

New SEND website

Devon has launched a new Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) website, designed for children and young people with SEND and their families to help them find the right information about education, health and care support available in the local area to help them achieve their goals.

HM Government.  Watching the football? It's safest to meet friends outside in the fresh air where Covid-19 particles are blown away

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Local NHS under pressure

People are being urged by the NHS to only go to their local emergency department in immediately life-threatening cases and for other needs to check symptoms online using the NHS App, the NHS website or 111 online. Parents are encouraged to download the Handiapp for information on childhood illnesses

High numbers of emergency attendances, combined with the need for some health and care staff, or their children, to self-isolate and the impact of Covid-19 admissions are affecting services.

To help ease the pressure, people are urged to use the most appropriate service rather than just contact their GP:

Pharmacy: local pharmacists can provide health advice and help with minor illnesses like colds, rashes, sunburn, hay fever and diarrhoea.

Mental Health:  call the Devon and Torbay– 0808 196 8708 24/7 mental health line if you, or someone you know, is struggling with their mental wellbeing

111 First:  available 24/7 to provide advice, treatment and care. Just ring 111 or visit and the service will provide advice and refer you to another service if you need it.

Minor injury units: Emergency Departments are for life-threatening emergencies. There is a network of minor injury units in Devon which can provide the treatment.

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Good luck England from Team Teignbridge

We’re flying the St George’s Flag from our offices this weekend to show our support for England’s football team and wish them the best of luck for Sunday’s Euro 2020 cup final against Italy. 

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Help for businesses preparing for rule changes

To help South West food business owners get ready for food labelling law changes coming into effect on 1 October, Trading Standards and Environmental Health Officers are holding free webinars to explain what is changing with live question and answer sessions.

The changes to the law affecting pre-packed food for direct sale affect businesses which make or prepare fresh food for consumers and package (bag, wrap or box) foods for display or offer.

Businesses can book a place on the 15 July Allergen Awareness Webinar

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