COVID-19 restrictions easing delayed until 19 July


Yesterday the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced a delay of up to four weeks to the easing of coronavirus restrictions planned for Monday 21 June.

Current restrictions, with a few exceptions, remain in place and you should follow the guidance on what you can and cannot do until Monday 19 July. 

This is the new date that England is expected to move to Step 4 of the government's roadmap out of lockdown, though the data will be reviewed after two weeks in case the risks have reduced.

Nationally there are currently around 8,000 COVID-19 cases a day, the highest since the end of February, and these are increasing by around 64 per cent each week. Hospitalisations are also starting to rise, with the average number of people admitted to hospital increasing in England by 50 per cent per week.


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

Coronavirus Roadmap STEP 3 - 17th May 2021 - What’s changed


You should continue to work from home if you can. When travelling within the UK, you should aim to do so safely and plan your journey in advance.

You should get a test and follow the stay at home guidance if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

  • Gathering limits have been eased. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 30 people and indoor gatherings are limited to 6 people or 2 households (each household can include a support bubble, if eligible).
  • New guidance on meeting friends and family emphasises personal responsibility rather than government rules. Instead of instructing you to stay 2m apart from anyone you don’t live with, you are encouraged to exercise caution and consider the guidance on risks associated with COVID-19 and actions you can take to help keep you and your loved ones safe. Remember that the risks of close contact may be greater for some people than others and in some settings and circumstances, there will be specific guidance that you will need to follow even when you are with friends and family.
  • Indoor entertainment and attractions such as cinemas, theatres, concert halls, bowling alleys, casinos, amusement arcades, museums and children’s indoor play areas are permitted to open with COVID-secure measures in place.
  • People can attend indoor and outdoor events, including live performances, sporting events and business events. Attendance at these events is capped according to venue type, and attendees should follow the COVID-secure measures set out by those venues.
  • Indoor hospitality venues such as restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes can reopen.
  • Organised indoor sport can take place for all. This includes gym classes. It must be organised by a business, charity or public body and the organiser must take reasonable measures to reduce the risk of transmission.
  • All holiday accommodation can open, including hotels and B&Bs. This can be used by groups of up to 6 or 2 households (each household can include a support bubble, if eligible).
  • Funeral attendance is no longer be limited to 30 people, but will be determined by how many people the COVID-secure venue can safely accommodate with social distancing. Limits at weddings, wakes and other commemorative events have been increased to 30 people. Other significant life events, such as bar/bat mitzvahs and christenings, will also be able to take place with 30 people.
  • The rules for care home residents visiting out and receiving visitors have changed, allowing up to five named visitors (two at any one time), provided visitors test negative for COVID-19.
  • All higher education students are able to access in-person teaching.
  • Support groups and parent and child group gathering limits have been increased to 30 people (not including under 5s)
  • There is no longer a legal restriction or permitted reason required to travel internationally. A traffic light system for international travel has been introduced, and you must follow the rules when returning to England depending on whether you return from a red, amber or green list country.




Step 3 - Hugs are back! Go for the flow twice a week and Devon's vaccination centres need volunteers (
Stay Safe and Secure As Lockdown Restrictions Ease
England is now in Step Three
Devon & Cornwall Police is ready for the challenge of keeping our communities safe as the next stage of the Government’s Roadmap out of lockdown comes into effect today (Monday 17 May).
Step Three of the Government’s Roadmap will see a greater relaxing of the rules put in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This includes the full reopening of the hospitality sector including indoor entertainment and attractions, and remaining outdoor entertainment, including outdoor performances.
Overnight stays are permitted with your household, support bubble, or in groups of two households or up to six people from different households within private homes or in hotels or other accommodation.
Chief Inspector Gareth Twigg said: “Devon & Cornwall Police has been tireless in its efforts to keep people safe and tackle crime, while also taking on the extra policing responsibilities linked to the Coronavirus throughout the last 15 months".


Step 4: At least five weeks after Step 3, and no earlier than 21st June.
By the 21st June, 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

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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.
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