Covid-19

East Devon District Council to re-open a further 12 play areas

East Devon District Council will be re-opening a further 12 play areas from Monday (27th July) following the relaxation of restrictions around the coronavirus lockdown.

Of the 71 play areas and eight outdoor gyms managed by the council, this announcement brings the total number of play areas open across the district to 24. We will continue to assess the remaining play areas and...

Rachel Riley seeks hometown hero/lockdown legends in Devon for 2020 Ntational Lottery Awards

Countdown star, Rachel Riley, is searching for your ‘hometown hero’ or ‘lockdown legend’ as part of the 2020 National Lottery Awards.

This year the annual search for the UK’s most popular National Lottery funded projects will, for the first time, honour individuals who have made an extraordinary impact in their community especially those who have adapted during the ongoing Covid-19...

New PlymClean MD Amanda Barnes (right) with former directors Stuart and Gail May

Devon Cleaning South Hams bucks the downturn by expanding into Plymouth during lockdown

As the impact of social-distancing and lockdown threatens the viability of many South West businesses, an established Devon cleaning company - whose inspirational owner literally started from nothing - has bucked the trend by taking over a family-run cleaning business in Plymouth and taking on more staff.

Entrepreneur Amanda Barnes, who runs Devon Cleaning South Hams and its sister...

Ivybridge Foodbank helped by Devonshire Freemasons after massive coronavirus increase in demand

Local people living in food poverty will continue to receive fresh food from the Ivybridge Foodbank, thanks to a grant of £2,000 from Devonshire Freemasons.

Demand at the Foodbank has grown by more than 200 per cent during the coronavirus crisis, with the service at Ivybridge Methodist Church having fed nearly six hundred people since the lockdown began, half of them children....

Sidmouth emergency fund launched to support donkey-owning households hit by coronavirus

An emergency fund to help working donkey and mule owners in Africa, Asia and the Americas who are struggling because of the coronavirus outbreak, has been launched by the Sidmouth based international animal welfare charity, The Donkey Sanctuary.

The Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund will help the most vulnerable people have access to the support they need as well as protecting the...

Plymouth Arts Centre

Plymouth Arts Cinema sets date for reopening

Plymouth Arts Cinema has released its plans to reopen on Saturday 26th September, following months of closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

While cinemas in England have been allowed to open since July 4th, the majority of independent cinemas are planning September opening. The summer months are traditionally quiet for independent cinema, and film availability has been impacted by...

Residents and visitors urged to continue to follow coronavirus guidelines as holiday peak hits Devon

As schools close for the summer and the holiday season gets fully underway, the South West is calling on residents and visitors alike to play their part in keeping the region COVID-safe this summer.

Following the opening up of the hospitality and tourist sector two weeks ago, levels of infection and new cases in the South West have continued to remain among the lowest in the country...

Devon in 'good position' if local outbreak occurs

Devon is ‘in a good position’ if a local outbreak occurs, following sustained low numbers of positive COVID-19 cases and steady flow of quality data, says Devon’s Director of Public Health.

Dr Virginia Pearson was answering questions at Devon County Council’s Cabinet meeting on Wednesday (July 8) on the Local Outbreak Management Plan.

The plan is a blueprint which details...

RSPCA braces for summer surge in abandonments after 282 calls in Devon last year 

The RSPCA is bracing itself for a surge in abandoned animals and fears the fallout from the Covid crisis could see more owners struggling to keep their pets.

Typically, the charity sees abandonment peak in the summer months. Between June and August 2019, 16,519 animals were reported abandoned to the RSPCA which accounts for 30% of all animals reported abandoned that year.

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Lead agencies urge the public to stay safe this weekend

As lockdown restrictions ease further this weekend, senior politicians, public health and Police leads are urging the Devon public to stay safe.

Pubs, restaurants, some leisure facilities and tourist attractions are allowed to reopen from Saturday, so long as they adhere to national public health guidelines.

Holiday accommodation sites can also reopen, and with visitors able...

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