Government Guidance and Support
Both the Government and Torridge District Council can provide financial support for individuals and/or businesses in need. More details can be found through their websites:
Government Support: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus (look for Employment and financial support or Businesses or other organisations)
Devon County Council Local Outbreak Management Plan (LOMP): https://www.devon.gov.uk/coronavirus-advice-in-devon/lomp/
Torridge District Council: https://www.torridge.gov.uk/coronavirusadvice
Devon Communities Together has advice for local government and organisations: https://www.devoncommunities.org.uk/coronavirus-information
The MoneySavingExpert Website also has useful advice on support for individuals and self-employed:
Government Advice, Guidance and Orders, correct at 10am on Tuesday 19th May
Do not leave home if you or someone you live with has either:
a high temperature
a new, continuous cough
a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
Road map out of lockdown
The government is developing a road map out of lock down. The current road map is detailed on this page:
Devon and Cornwall Police have produced information to explain how they will police the Government's measures. This includes an FAQ section with specific information:
Latest Government, NHS and Infection Prevention Information
For the latest information on Coronavirus and the current Government advice please use the following websites. This includes advice if you have returned from an area with Coronavirus:
NHS Coronavirus website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
UK Government advice: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance
If you suspect you may have Coronavirus DO NOT go to any GP surgery, healthcentre or hospital. You should call 111 and get advice. Alternatively online support can be found here:
NHS 111 Coronavirus Service: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19
The following guidance may be of use if you are wondering how best to protect yourself from infection from Coronavirus - especially if you are self-isolating or shielding. It has been developed in partnership with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Protecting against infection: https://www.ifh-homehygiene.org/covid-19-advice
The latest figures for infection in the UK can be found on the following website which is updated each afternoon:
Government advice on protecting yourself from Coronavirus is currently:
Test and Trace
Test and trace
Reports in early June 2020 suggest that the infection rate in the South West is rising again. Please ensure you follow the government guidelines to limit the chance that you become infected and spread it to others. If you are contacted by the Test and Trace team, make sure you self-isolate for 14 days. More details can be found here:
The local CERT team can also support you if you need access to provisions or prescriptions (click here).
Avoiding Test and Trace scams
It is such a shame that there are people seeking to profit from this crisis. Please follow these guidelines to avoid being taken advantage of.
You will NEVER be asked for financial information, passwords, pin numbers, payment or call a premium rate number (09xx / 087xx). If anyone contacts you stating they are from Test and Trace asking for any of these then the ARE TRYING TO SCAM YOU.
The genuine Test and Trace service will contact you by text, email or phone and ask you to log on to the Test and Trace website. This is the website address:
Full information on how the system works can be found via the link below. It is worth reviewing this so you know what to expect.