Coronavirus - Local Information and Helpful Links

Christmas Bubbles 

The government has said that the local tier restrictions will be relaxed between Wednesday 23 and Sunday 27 December, to enable family and friends to form ‘Christmas bubbles’ of up to three households. 

This means:

  • you can form an exclusive Christmas bubble of people from no more than three households you can only be in one Christmas bubble 
  • you cannot change your Christmas bubble  
  • you can travel between tiers and UK nations for the purposes of meeting your Christmas bubble 
  • you can only meet your Christmas bubble in private homes or in your garden, places of worship, or public outdoor spaces 
  • you can continue to meet people who are not in your Christmas bubble outside your home according to the rules in the tier you are meeting in 
  • if you form a Christmas bubble, you should not meet socially with friends and family that you do not live with in your home or garden unless they are part of your Christmas bubble.

People can travel to meet those in their bubble from Wednesday 23 December, but they must be home again by Sunday 27 December. Anyone travelling to or from Northern Ireland may travel between Tuesday 22 and Monday 28 December. 

Also, just because you are allowed to mix a bit more during these few days, it does not mean that you have to if you don't want to.

Remember, until the Christmas bubble period starts on Wednesday 23 December, and again from Sunday 27 December when it ends, make sure you continue to follow the local tier restriction guidance. Devon is currently in Tier 2, High Alert. This will be reviewed on Wednesday 16 December, and it may or may not change.

You are still able to form a Christmas bubble if you are clinically extremely vulnerable, but it does involve greater risks for you. You will minimise your risk of infection if you limit social contact with people that you do not live with. 

Advice for clinically extremely vulnerable people is available on the government's website. 

The government has recently written to people considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable, with updated guidance following the new local tier arrangements. 

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

It includes guidance about: 

Coronavirus Restrictions Locally

Each area has a Local COVID Alert Level. There are 3 Local COVID Alert Levels. Sometimes these are called ‘tiers’ or known as a ‘local lockdown’.  Check local restrictions.

Budleigh Coronavirus Support

Please visit their website for support and help with shopping, medication collection and finance or if you would like to volunteer locally

WEB Volunteer Heroes

Please visit their Facebook Page for more information on volunteering for our community in Woodbury, Exmouth and Budleigh

Helpful Links for Advice and Support

  • Young Devon Wellbeing Toolkit:  Tips, Tricks and Techniques for maintaining positive mental health during lockdown and beyond.  If you are struggling, and need to talk to someone, please email and someone will get back to you as soon as they can. For anyone already receiving support through our Wellbeing service, please email or call 07935364652 and leave a message with your name and contact details. 

Download the toolkit here

  • Helping Children Understand Coronavirus

 Download a  Book for Children here

  • What You Can Do If You're Struggling Because Of Coronavirus:

Click here to find out more

  • Highest Clinical Risk Background And FAQs For Patients

Download the Document 

  • Paediatric Advice:  Download the HANDi Paediatric app which gives up-to-date advice about common childhoold illnesses and how to treat them. 

Click here to find out more

  • Digital Isolation Note For Patients:    You do not need to get a note from a GP.  Use this service if you have been told to self-isolate because of coronavirus and you need a note for your employer.  This service is for people how either have symptoms of coronoavirus or live with someone who has symptoms of coronavirus.  If you are a shielding patient then your letter will be sufficient evidence for your employer. 

Click here to get an isolation note