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Tier 2 restrictions apply in Devon from today

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The new tier system for England comes into force today, Wednesday 2 December.

Devon has been assigned to Tier 2 restrictions, which mean that we are on ‘High Alert’, (as oppose to Tier 1 ‘Medium Alert’ or Tier 3 ‘Very High Alert’).

There is a range of restrictions within Tier 2 areas that will apply to us all, so we need to be familiar with them. The key ones include:

• You must not socialise with anyone who you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
• You must not socialise in a group of more than 6 people outside, including in a garden or a public space. This is called the ‘rule of 6’.

Many shops and venues can continue to operate, but please continue to observe the national guidance around social distancing, wearing of face coverings, and washing or santising your hands regularly, when out visiting shops or venues.

People identified as being ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’

The government has recently written to people considered to be ‘clinically extremely vulnerable‘, with updated guidance as we move into the new tier arrangements.

We have updated our website to provide the latest guidance for people considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable.

It includes guidance about:

returning to work
shopping for food and household essentials
help available to collect medicines
Access to health and care services 
• And guidance for young people considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable including advice about attending school or college

Also, during the autumn and winter months, everyone is advised to take a vitamin D supplement every day to support general health and in particular for bone and muscle health.

This advice is particularly important for people who have been shielding this year due to COVID-19, or who are living in care homes, because they are most likely to have been indoors and so may not have been able to obtain enough natural vitamin D from sunlight.

The government is offering a free- 4-month supply of daily vitamin D supplements for all adults who are clinically extremely vulnerable. You can opt-in to receive your free supply of vitamin D by registering your details online before the 4 January 2021.

Additional help is also still available from your local District Council.