New national lockdown guidance

5th January 2021

Stay home. Protect the NHS. Save Lives. poster

Coronavirus cases have risen again across the country due to a new variant that is more contagious than the previous strain. There is no evidence that this new variant is any more dangerous than the first strain, but it does mean that more people are catching the virus and more people are in need of the NHS.

When we reduce our contact with other people, we reduce the spread of the coronavirus. So, on 4 January the Government announced a new national lockdown. These restrictions have been put in place to help get the number of people who catch coronavirus down, save lives and protect the NHS.

These new rules mean that you must stay at home, except for the following essential reasons:

  • shop for necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
  • exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
  • meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
  • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)


Check out our COVID-19 advice page for more information about changes in Devon. Full guidance on what you can and cannot do during this time is available on the government website.

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