Paul Sutton


Covid update 29/4/2021

Between 8th December and 18th April; 671,070 people have been vaccinated in Devon. The local programme has also delivered over 210,000 second doses. 1 in 5 adults in Devon are fully vaccinated now.

We are now entering phase 2 – covering people aged 18-49. People will be contacted by the National Booking Service when their age group appointment opens up – by text and letter and offered a local appointment. Some GP practices will also contact patients to offer appointments.

Misinformation is still around about vaccines and so we have included links to some films to support your understanding and to share. It’s worth reminding ourselves that vaccines aren’t the whole answer, they are just a really big and important part of it. Our behavior, such as washing hands, using face coverings and keeping some space are still essential.

Not everyone can take a vaccine, which is why even if you think you are not at ‘high risk’, having a vaccine protects other people in our community who might be relying on you to keep them safe. We don’t always know when someone has a medical condition which means they can’t take vaccines, you can’t tell by looking. Let’s keep everyone safe and well.




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Lockdown Rules : What can still happen

What can still happen during this lockdown?

During lockdown, it is necessary to reduce the number of social contacts we have. We can still leave our homes for communal worship and life events.

Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies and funerals can take place. There are, however, limits on the number of people who can attend and venues must be COVID-19 secure.

Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people. This limit does not include the people working at the event. The important piece of information to share in your networks is that social distancing must be maintained between anyone who is not in a household or support bubble. Unfortunately, any gatherings after a service are not permitted as these events must be held in COVID-19 secure premises.


  • Torbay Council Covid19 Information



More Covid 19 updates

Staying healthy in lockdown

We know that lockdown is extremely challenging, and can be very difficult for people’s mental health. Mental wellbeing is so important and we are asking our champions to support your networks to protect their health and wellbeing as much as possible.

Please can you share the following resources with your networks so that they can access mental health and wellbeing support if and when they need it.

The website has information about local mental health services for issues such as anxiety and depression, and details of helplines, phone apps and self-care tools. Local GPs are an extremely useful source of support and can advise on treatments and how to access mental health services. The Mental Health Matters Devon Helpline provides 24/7 mental health help on 0800 4700317. MIND provides emotional and listening support to anyone experiencing mental distress, their carers, relatives and friends 0300 123 3393 (Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm) or visit

It is also important to stay physically active during lockdown. You are allowed to leave your house to exercise once a day. Please emphasise the importance of regular physical activity to your networks, and remind them that they can exercise with their household or support bubble or, if alone, one other person from another household.


  • Torbay Council Covid19 Information



National Lockdown 3 – STAY AT HOME

From Midnight on 5/1/2021 the UK is on national lockdown in an attempt to tackle the spread of Covid 19 including the new variant.

The new restrictions are outlined on the Torbay Council Website.

These restrictions will be in place for a few weeks.


Torbay Tier 2 restrictions 9/12/2020

To help you do this, we have summarised the Tier 2 restrictions below.

  • You must not socialise with anyone who you do not live with indoors, unless you are in a support bubble. (see further down this briefing to learn more about bubbles). Outdoors, up to six people can socialise – this is called the 'rule of six'.
  • Businesses and venues can continue to operate in a COVID-secure manner, unless closed by law. (Find out what COVID-Secure means on
  • Pubs and bars may only open if serving as restaurants. Hospitality venues may serve alcohol with food. Early closure applies to many venues.
  • People can attend spectator sport and indoor performances but there are limits on how many can attend. For example, Torquay United will be welcoming Gulls fans again this Saturday, and have asked them to follow their code of conduct.
  • Places of worship may open but whilst there you should only socialise with people you live with or who are in a support bubble with you.
  • Weddings and funerals can go ahead but with restrictions on how many people can attend. (Check what the restrictions are on

For more information, you can read the full details of the restrictions for tier 2 on the main website and you can check what current restrictions apply in Torbay on our own website. NHS Website

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