What if Devon enters level 1 next week and when we find out


A review will announce any changes to the coronavirus level system next week.
It is believed that some areas could be downgraded due to the impact of the second lockdown in England, which has resulted in a drop in cases.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has given a silver lining that restrictions could be reduced for many before Christmas.

The evaluation will take place on Wednesday and the changes will be announced on Thursday.

Concerns over the number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus prompted the head of Devon County Council to warn that the county could not fall to level 1.

All of Devon – including Plymouth – has been placed below Level 2. This means the county is not under the strictest of Covid restrictions once the current lockdown ends – but is still under state of emergency.

At level 2:

  • you shouldn’t socialize with someone you don’t live with or who isn’t part of your supportive bubble in an indoor environment, either at home or in a public place
  • you should not socialize in a group of more than 6 people outdoors, including in a garden or public space – this is called the “rule of 6”
  • businesses and places can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure manner, other than those that remain closed by law, such as nightclubs
  • pubs and bars must close, unless they function as restaurants. The reception areas can only serve alcohol with large meals

However, Cornwall was placed at Level 1 – the only county in mainland England to be placed in this bracket.

This means that all social gatherings inside and outside are governed by the “rule of six”, while there were also more lenient rules on bubbles, pubs and restaurants.

The authorities have one week to make their wish to go down one level. The review will take into account the views of local public health directors, and the final decision on whether any changes will be made will be made by a Cabinet committee.

Unfortunately for Plymouth, the seven-day sliding rate of new cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus in the city continues to rise.

Plymouth City Council on Wednesday said the rate of new infections per 100,000 population rose in Plymouth for the first time in three weeks.

Data released on Wednesday, December 9, showed 23 daily new cases had been announced, with 127 new cases in the previous seven days – a case rate of 48.3.

However, data released on Friday, December 11, shows 17 new cases were announced, bringing the seven-day moving total to 158 – a case rate of 60.3 per 100,000 population.

That remains below the Southwest average, which is now 78.5, down from 79.0 on Wednesday. It is also well below the UK average, which remains at 158.0.

Speaking of Devon’s chances of upgrading to Level 1, Cllr Hart said: ‘As much as I would love to see the restrictions lifted a bit in order to support our local tourism and hospitality industry, I’m concerned the number of cases will go down. not yet enough to justify going to level 1.

“In particular, the positivity rates in the elderly and the pressure this could put on local hospitals are still of great concern.

“I fully recognize that there is a very fine and difficult balance to be found between life and livelihood here in Devon.

“If we are to stay at level 2, I would like to see more support from the government for our struggling local businesses, and the hospitality sector in particular.

“While there is an easing of level restrictions between December 23 and 27 to allow families to reunite for Christmas, we all need to make sure we continue to make the right choices and not let our guard down,” otherwise we will pay a heavy price in January with the inevitable prospect of tighter restrictions if the numbers start to rise again. ”

Here’s what you can do in level 1 areas:

Sospecial contact

All social gatherings inside and outside are governed by the “rule of six”. This means that up to six people from a maximum of six households can congregate, but the six-person limit includes children and babies. You are still required to obey the rules on wearing masks and social distancing.


Two households can form a “support bubble” if one of them has only one adult; or a “childcare bubble” if one of them has a child under 13. There is also now a new exemption that allows a household of multiple adults to form a bubble of support no matter what, if that household has a child under one year old or a child with less care needs. five years. If you are in a bubble, you can behave as if you are all in the same household.


“Clinically extremely vulnerable” people who were protected in the spring can return to school and work. There will be specific guidelines for each level.


It’s not illegal, but in terms of guidance, you’re supposed to follow the rules of social distancing. This means that having sex with someone you don’t live with is irrelevant. There is an exemption if you are in an “established relationship”.

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Pubs and restaurants

Hospitality venues should operate for table service only and call the last orders at 10 p.m., although people should not leave until 11 p.m.

Schools, universities and daycares

Stay open at all times, but universities must reflect broader restrictions in the field.

Travel and vacation

Walk or cycle if possible, but vacations are allowed. Do not travel to Level 3 areas unless it is necessary for things like work or education.


The advice is to work from home if you can.

Weddings and funerals

15 guests can attend wedding ceremonies and receptions. Funerals can have up to 30 mourners, with only 15 people allowed at the vigil.


All retail businesses, including non-essential stores, can remain open.

Gyms, swimming pools, hairdressers and “personal care”

These places, including nail salons, can remain open.

Cinemas, bingo, bowling and soft play

These can remain open with all other forms of indoor entertainment.


Organized indoor sport and exercise classes may continue to take place, provided the rule of six is ​​followed.

Spectator sports

Allowed outdoors with a maximum crowd size of 50% stadium occupancy or 4000 spectators, whichever is smaller. Also, allowed indoors with 1,000 spectators or 50% occupancy, whichever is smaller.

Mass events, theaters, concerts and conferences

Allowed indoors with 1,000 spectators or 50% occupancy, whichever is smaller.

Religious services

Can continue as long as the subgroup you’re in meets the rules for social gathering for your level.

Driving lessons and tests

Can go ahead.


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