Secondary school and college students will also have to wear face masks in common areas outside of their classrooms when they return next week.
Local authorities now receive “logistical” assistance to maximize the number of people vaccinated and tested in Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Plymouth and Torbay.
Public health campaigns will receive additional support, according to the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs.
Areas will be subject to ‘heightened surveillance’, including wastewater sampling and the use of technologies to identify COVID-19[feminine[feminine variants such as genotype analysis tests and genome sequencing.
The new measures are expected to last five weeks.
Pressures on the NHS, the number of COVID-19 cases and coronavirus-related deaths will be closely monitored.
The health and social affairs ministry said the decision was made in partnership with local authorities based on the latest data.
Figures recently showed that a growing number of local areas – including the Southwest – were seeing some of their highest rates of new COVID-19 cases.
Professor Mike Wade, Deputy Regional Director and NHS Regional Director of Public Health for Public Health England South West, said the announcement that parts of the South West are entering an enhanced response zone is “a reminder that COVID has not disappeared ”.
He said Public Health England hopes to give local authorities “more flexibility” to introduce additional public health measures if they deem it necessary.
“Our advice to residents and anyone visiting the South West remains the same,” he said. “COVID did not go on vacation. “
“With the holiday weekend ahead, day trippers, vacationers and residents need to protect themselves and others from COVID-19 and continue to exercise caution. “
it comes after Cornwall urged visitors to stay away unless they have pre-booked their trip.
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Devon and Cornwall recorded 500 or more cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to August 18, according to figures calculated by the PA news agency.
The figure was 300 or less per 100,000 people a week earlier.
Nearly 5,000 cases of the coronavirus are believed to be linked to Boardmasters, a surf and music festival in Cornwall earlier this month.