Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In the wake of the Corona Virus outbreak, the Council have compiled the following information that may be of use to the community. We hope that it will provide useful links for those who are vulnerable and those who would like to offer their help.

For the latest on Torridge District Council's Business Support Grants, please see the news article

Government Advice

First and foremost, we would like to re-iterate the Government’s guidelines; Stay at Home.

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

For more information, please visit the website here

Police Advice

The following link has been provided by Devon & Cornwall police to provide answers to the most frequently asked questions.

D&C Police FAQs

Devon and Cornwall Police Ask The Public To Step-Up To Prevent Covid-19 Spread

Stay at home rule will change 29th March 2021

Devon & Cornwall Police is asking the public to play its part and act responsibly as the region enters the next stage of the Government Roadmap to move England out of COVID-19 restrictions.

As new regulations come into effect on Monday, outdoor gatherings, including in private gardens, can take place between two households or groups of up to six people from different households. There should still be no mixing indoors with people outside of your household or support bubble.

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Steve Parker said: “The move to reduce COVID-19 restrictions will be welcomed by some communities, but it may cause anxiety to others. While some areas of COVID-related enforcement the police have undertaken will cease, the message to stay local and respect Government guidelines to reduce risk does not change.

“COVID-19 has never been about policing a pandemic. While we are stepping back from some enforcement, I am asking the public to step-up as COVID-19 has not gone away.

“Government advice is for people to stay local and avoid unnecessary travel and I echo that request, but I am also aware that many will wish to meet with loved ones outside.

“Devon & Cornwall Police will maintain the approach of the 4Es to the new legislation using engagement, education and encouragement to ask members of the public to comply with the regulations. My hope is the public will continue to act responsibly and comply.”

From Monday, outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts and golf courses, and open-air swimming pools will be allowed to reopen. People can take part in formally organised outdoor sports. Outdoor parent and child groups can resume.

TACC Parker added: “For those making plans to meet, please make sure you adhere to the rule of six, stay local but also think about the legacy you may leave; respect our wonderful beauty spots and take your rubbish with you.

“I would also ask you to be aware of the dangers that our coastline can pose in terms of swimming and surfing in the sea.

“We all want the pandemic to be over, and the only way for us to do this is to contain the virus, wear a face covering, stay local, and to keep practicing social distancing.

“Everyone has a social responsibility play their part to prevent the virus spreading and to see us make it to Step Two of the Roadmap on April 12.
“Play your part and behave in a way that respects our communities and that will keep yourself and others safe.”

For further advice, please see the COVID-19 FAQs page on the Devon and Cornwall Police website.



Step 1: Two-stages.

From 8th March 2021


  • Schools and colleges are open for all students. Practical Higher Education Courses.
  • Recreation or exercise outdoors with household or one other person. No household mixing indoors.
  • Wraparound childcare.
  • Stay at home.
  • Funerals (with 30 mourners), wakes and weddings (with 6 guests)


From 29th March 2021


  • Rule of 6 or two households outdoors. No household mixing indoors.
  • Outdoor sport and leisure facilities.
  • Organised outdoor sport allowed (children and adults).
  • Minimise travel. No holidays.
  • Outdoor parent & child groups (up to 15 parents).





Step 2: At least five weeks after Step 1, no earlier than 12th April 2021.


  • Indoor leisure (including gyms) open for use individually or within household groups.
  • Rule of 6, or two households outdoors. No household mixing allowed indoors.
  • Outdoor attractions such as zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas.
  • Libraries and community centres.
  • Personal care premises.
  • All retail.
  • Outdoor hospitality.
  • All children’s activities, indoor parent & child groups (up to 15 parents).
  • Domestic overnight stays (household only).
  • Self-contained accommodation (household only).
  • Funerals (with 30 mourners), wakes, weddings and receptions (with 15 guests).
  • Minimise travel. No international holidays.
  • Event pilots begin.




Step 3: At least five weeks after Step 2, no earlier than 17th May 2021.


  • Indoor entertainment and attractions.
  • 30 person limit outdoors. Rule of 6 or two households (subject to review).
  • Domestic overnight stays.
  • Organised indoor adult sport.
  • Most significant life events (with 30 guests).
  • Remaining outdoor entertainment (including performances).
  • Remaining accommodation.
  • Some large events (expect for pilots) - capacity limits apply.
  • Indoor events: 1,000 or 50%.
  • Outdoor other events: 4,000 or 50%.
  • Outdoor seated events: 10,000 or 25%.
  • International travel - subject to review.




Step 4: At least five weeks after Step 3, no earlier than 21st June. By Step 4, the Government hopes to be able to introduce the following (subject to review):


  • No legal limits on social contact.
  • Nightclubs.
  • Larger events.
  • No legal limit on life events.



Advice on Avoiding Scams

Avoiding Scams poster

Advice Regarding Allotments

The National Allotment Society has issued advice on tending your allotment, read it here.

Appledore Community Volunteers

If you live in Appledore and would like to offer help, a Facebook page has been created.
Click here to visit the Facebook page

Countryside Alliance

The Countryside Alliance have created a COVID-19 hub, visit here.

Possible Fraud

Don’t get caught out in this difficult time. Please always be vigilant. Several authorities have issued documents regarding fraud, you can view them below.
COVID-19 Pandemic Fraud 27.03.2020
COVID-19 Fraud Prevent Release v8 – 27.03.2020
COVID-19 Fraud Briefing & Social Media Messages 27.03.2020

Vulnerable Person Support

Get Coronavirus support as an extremely vulnerable person.

Register if you have a medical condition that makes you extremely vulnerable to coronavirus. For example, you’ll be able to ask for help getting deliveries of essential supplies like food.
Click here to register on the website.
Online shopping poster

Lender Loan poster

Mandate Fraud poster

Computer Software Service Fraud poster

Investment and Pension Fraud poster

Scam Warning poster