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02.11.2020

New National Restrictions from 5 November

The government has announced new national restrictions from Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December. Until 5 November, follow the local restrictions for your area. In Devon the medium alert level rules apply.

 
 
After 4 weeks the Government will look to return to a local and regional approach, based on the latest data.
 
COVID-19 case numbers are rising rapidly across the whole of the UK and in other countries. We must act now to control the spread of the virus. The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home, to protect the NHS and save lives.
 

When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we will reduce the spread of the infection. That is why, from Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December, the Government is taking the following action:

  1. Requiring people to stay at home, except for specific purposes.
  2. Preventing gathering with people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.
  3. Closing certain businesses and venues.

 

These new measures have been carefully judged to achieve the maximum reduction in growth in the number of cases, preventing the NHS from being overwhelmed, whilst ensuring that schools, colleges and universities stay open and that as many people as possible continue to work.

Until Thursday 5 November, the relevant Local Covid Alert Level measures will continue to apply in the area where you live. From Thursday the national restrictions replace the local restrictions in your area. No new areas will move in the Very High restrictions between now and Thursday.

The new measures will apply nationally for four weeks up to Wednesday 2 December. At the end of the period, the Government will look to return to a regional approach, based on the latest data.

Complying with the new measures will help limit the spread of coronavirus, reduce the impact on the NHS and save lives. They will be underpinned by law which will make clear about what you must and must not do from 5 November. The relevant authorities, including the police, will have powers to enforce the law – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.

 

Protect your loved ones. Download the App.

Please download the NHS App to keep updated on the latest guidance from Thursday 5 November

 

Advice and guidance

For information on the new national restrictions, including what they mean for working from home and business closures, why they are being introduced and the financial support available please click here.

There is separate additional guidance for households with a possible or confirmed coronavirus infection.

 

Financial and food support for individuals and families

Find out more about the financial support that is available to people in Devon and where to find food support in your local area from Devon County Council.

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