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Travel advice for the half term holidays

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With the school half term holidays ahead, some of us may be thinking of a few days in or out of the county, to unwind and relax.

Sounds good.  But how do the new Tier alert levels factor in your plans?

So, Devon is at the ‘medium’ tier alert level.  So is the rest of the South West.  Movement around the region is pretty straight forward.

Remember though, a holiday away from home, is not a holiday away from reason.  Everyone still needs to follow the guidance on social distancing, hand washing regularly and wearing of face coverings, wherever you are in the country.

And please don’t travel at all if you have symptoms, however mild – a high temperature, new and continuous cough, or loss or change to your sense of taste and smell – or if you’ve been advised to self-isolate.

But if you are travelling further afield, you’ll need to know what the alert level is for the destination you’re travelling to, and what local restrictions are in place when you get there to curb the spread of coronavirus.

The general principle is that you must follow the rules of the tier you normally live in, regardless of where you are in the country.  That’s the general principle, but there may be local restrictions on top of that which you need to know about.

There’s a postcode checker online that tells you what restrictions there are by postcode area.

Remember as well, there’s a ban on travel altogether in Wales right now.

For people travelling the other way into Devon, from other tier level areas maybe, they need to follow their local restrictions.  For example, if they are travelling from a ‘high’ area they cannot mix with another household indoors.  People from high areas, can mix in their garden, but up to a maximum of 6 people.

People in the ‘very high’ alert levels are being advised to not travel outside their areas if it’s avoidable, and not to stay overnight in another part of the UK.

Journeys in and out of ‘very high’ alert level areas should also be avoided where possible.  (There are some exceptions, eg to provide care to someone vulnerable, but not in the holiday context).

So, if you are travelling anywhere this half term holiday, please check the alert level of your destination and familiarise yourself with the guidance and rules before you go.  Enjoy yourselves but continue to follow the latest guidance.  We want to beat this, but we can only do so with determination, and continue to do our bit wherever we are.