Council’s community testing service ending but outreach team will continue to support vaccinations

Devon County Council's community testing team, which has been delivering a mobile lateral flow testing service, as well as COVID-19 vaccinations, to local communities across Devon since January 2021, will change its operations from 1 April .

The government’s ‘Living with COVID-19’ plan will see the end to universal access to free lateral flow and PCR tests for most people at the end...

Everything you need to know about the spring booster in Devon

Everything you need to know about the spring booster in Devon

Spring booster jabs are being offered to people at greatest risk of COVID-19 infection from Monday 21 March in the latest phase of the vaccine programme.

An additional Covid-19 vaccine dose is being offered as a precaution to people in Devon who are at extreme high risk from COVID-19 infection, many of whom had...

Most people will continue to act cautiously even without restrictions

The vast majority of people will stay at home if they develop symptoms of coronavirus, according to a Devon County Council poll .

Of more than 3,500 responses so far (submitted by midday today, Monday 14 March), around 2,910 say they will do just that, rather than risk spreading it to others.

194 respondees say that they won't, and 402 were unsure what they'll do.


Devon Freemasons donate almost £5m to help UK overcome the pandemic

Devonshire Freemasons together with The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) has awarded more than £4.7m through four Covid-19 relief programmes, focusing on community support, food support, domestic abuse, homelessness and mental health.

Covid-related donations from Devonshire Freemasons began in 2020 and since then they have contributed for a total of £4.7m to help those in need....

'Look out for each other,' urges Devon's Director of Public Health

Devon’s Director of Public Health, Steve Brown, is urging the public to ‘continue to look out for each other’ by being cautious and following the guidance over the next few months.

His comments come after groups that represent vulnerable people most at risk from coronavirus raised concerns about the removal of the legal requirement for people with the virus to self-isolate, announced...

South Western Railway to increase services as Omicron subsides

South Western Railway (SWR) today announced that it will be introducing a new timetable from Monday 21 February that will see train services return to pre-Omicron levels.

The move comes as improving staff availability means that SWR can increase the number of trains it runs without compromising reliability for customers. The uplift is timely as more people return to the railway...

Exeter biker organises world's first global motorbike ride in memory of those lost during pandemic

The Ace Cafe, independently acclaimed as the ‘World´s Coolest Motorcycle Event’, is a staunch supporter of Ride Global. The iconic cafe is holding its 27th reunion at their London premises and in Brighton from the 3rd – 5th September 2021 and supporting Ride Global by choosing COVAX as their event charity.

Mark Wilsmore, Managing Director of Ace Cafe said: “ It’s been 25 years since...

Devon designated an 'enhanced response area'

The Government has this afternoon designated Devon, Cornwall, Plymouth, Torbay and the Isles of Scilly, an ‘enhanced response area’, in response to high case rates of coronavirus. It means additional support will be available from the Government, to those areas.

Public Health Devon has welcomed the county’s escalation to becoming an 'enhanced response area'. Its Director of Public...

Booking boom is good news for all, Devon park tells MP

Britain's recovery from the pandemic will still be providing a shot in the arm for East Devon businesses until well into next year, a county holiday park has told its MP.

Ladram Bay Holiday Park said that autumn bookings were at their highest levels ever – and that a record number of families have already made their reservations for 2022.

Simon Jupp MP heard the positive...

Bereaved families invited to remember loved ones

A free memorial service is being held at East Devon Crematorium to remember all those who have died during the pandemic.

Organised and led by the crematorium staff, it is hoped the event will provide comfort for relatives and friends who have been bereaved during this particularly difficult and distressing time.

The Special Memorial Service at East Devon Crematorium, located...