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Respect each other and local communities, asks Public Health Devon

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Easing out of lockdown restrictions can be an anxious time for many, and it may take a while for people to get used to it.

Just days ahead of a long Easter weekend, this easing seems a natural opportunity for people to get together outdoors.

Weather permitting, families and individuals will no doubt want to catch up with others this weekend, and the relaxation of restrictions now allows up to 6 people, or two households, to meet up outside – in the garden for example – while adhering to social distancing and good hand hygiene.

But please let’s be cautious, otherwise we place ourselves, our families and friends at risk.

Steve Brown, Director of Public Health DevonSteve Brown, Director of Public Health Devon, said:

“These last 12 months, with successive periods of lockdown, have been extremely difficult for everyone, and I know that many people will find the prospect of coming out of restrictions also daunting.  Habits and routines, now common place, take a while to change again.

“So my ask to all Devon residents is to look out for each other.  You know the people who may be worried right now about the next steps, so please look out for them.  Know that they may be anxious, and let them know that you are still there for them.  To anyone anxious, there’s no rush, take your time.

“And to those keen to see others this weekend and hereafter, please do so responsibly.  However you spend it, be it at home in the garden, or walking out onto the moors, please keep within the rules.  Keep your social distance, wear a face covering when indoors in a public space, and wash your hands regularly and properly.

“Fresh air and good ventilation is important, so if you’re indoors, please keep a window open.

“And if you are out and about, please respect each other and local communities, and be conscious of the impact your actions have on others and on the environment – park responsibly if you’re driving, and take your litter home with you.”