Updated 3rd July 2020, 10:05. For the latest medical advice, visit NHS.uk/Coronavirus.
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North Devon Council launch advice site for local businesses to reopen safely
To help local businesses manage any issues arising from the latest lockdown easing measures, the council has set up dedicated webpages for reopening businesses. The council urges business owners to read the guidance to ensure they are following the regulations and reopening their business safely and lawfully.
New Guidance published for businesses who can open on 4th July
This morning a range of guidance has been published for businesses who have been given the go ahead to reopen from the 4th July.
Click here for guidance for a range of sectors, including hospitality, about working safely within the new rules.
Further measures to be eased from 4th July
Today the Prime Minister gave a statement in the House of Commons outlining a list of restrictions due to be lifted from the 4th July, including the reducing of social distancing recommendations to 1 metre.
From 6th July measures will change for "Shielded" persons
Further measures to ease the lockdown
Shops & Zoos can open from Monday 15th June
From Monday 15th June, retail outlets will be allowed to open again, however they must put in place social distancing measures for the safety of both staff and customers.
Also, thanks to constant lobbying of Defra and Ministers by Selaine and others, Zoos and Safari Parks can reopen from Monday also, as long as social distancing measures are put in place.
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Places of worship can open for individual prayer
Face coverings to be mandatory on public transport
Statement from Director of Public Health for Public Health Devon, Dr Virginia Pearson about the rise in the R number in the South West.
“The R value is an important regional barometer based on modelling data, but while it provides an estimate of ongoing transmission, it alone cannot determine the rate of growth of coronavirus and does not accurately reflect Devon’s local data on the ground. As such it should be treated with a little caution.
“The South West R value spans from Isles of Scilly to Bristol, and while there have been hotspots in other parts of the region that increase the R value, Devon’s figures have remained low.
“We have the fifth lowest number of recorded cases when comparing Devon to all 150 upper tier local authorities and the consistency of the numbers suggest that levels have plateaued recently. That’s in part due to our residents adhering to lockdown, and heeding national guidance around staying home and social distancing. We have done well in that regard and need to keep that up.
“We continue to work closely with our Public Health and NHS colleagues to ensure the safety of our Devon residents, and we wait to hear the Government’s response to this latest R rate announcement.”
Changes to advice for the 'shielded'
The extremely vulnerable who have been “shielding” in England can now safely go outside with members of their household while continuing to follow social distancing guidelines. Those who live alone can meet outside with one other person from another household.
This updated guidance will provide a much-needed boost to the shielded, many of whom have had no face-to-face contact since they were first advised to shield.
Resumption of outdoor sports
The government has announced plans for the resumption of outdoor sports behind closed doors from 1st June.
Flexible Furloughing and extension to the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme
The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced to extend the Coronavirus Self-Employed Income Support Scheme, with those eligible able to claim a second and final grant capped at £6,570.
Details on the extension to the Job Retention Scheme have also been announced, with employers able to use flexible furloughing to bring back employees part-time from July, with a new taper system meaning employers can contribute modestly to furloughed workers salaries from August.
Meeting family and friends outdoors
At today's Coronavirus Daily Press Conference, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced new measures so people family and friends, providing they are maintaining social distancing.
From Monday, you can meet up to six people in a public place, or in a garden, providing you are maintaining social distancing.
Retail to open throughout June
Today, the Prime Minister has set out a timetable to re-open high street shops, department stores and shopping centres throughout June once they can show customers will be kept safe.