Lockdown in East Devon: What services are affected in the district?

East Devon District Council (EDDC) has advised residents of the measures it has put in place after England entered a second lockdown.

The authority says ‘most service areas will continue as normal’ – but some closures and restrictions are in place across the district.

Twenty public toilets, which are being cleaned daily to strict Covid-19 guidelines, remain open from 8am to 7pm each day.

District council parks, gardens, and play areas currently remain open.

However, skate parks, multi-use games areas and outdoor gyms have been closed in line with government guidance.

Sports pitch bookings and events on council land have been cancelled up until and including December 2.

And people who rent EDDC beach huts all-year-round at Exmouth chalets and Beer are not able to use them.

Government guidance says that holiday homes must not be used during the four-week lockdown.

The council’s ten nature reserves remain open, although no events will be running and all volunteer activities will stop during the lockdown.

The Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton is closed for the next month and will have an online presence.

LED facilities, such as sports centres and swimming pools, across the district have also closed until 2 December.

Four bird hides at Seaton Wetlands will remain open as do the toilets, but the Discovery Hut remains closed.

EDDC’s recycling and waste service will continue as normal and Devon County Council has confirmed that household recycling centres will remain open during the new lockdown period.

Reuse shops at the recycling centres are closed.

An EDDC spokesperson said: “As residents may do more shopping online as non-essential shops have closed, the council is expecting to collect more cardboard from the kerbside.

“As always, the crews will collect as much as they can but may have to leave some materials if very large quantities are put out.

“Please store your card and put it out gradually over the next collection days.

“Households are reminded that, if they have coronavirus, their recycling and waste needs to be handled carefully before being put out for collection to help prevent further spread of the virus.”

The council’s housing repairs service for tenants will operate normally with full social distancing and PPE guidelines in place.

EDDC’s offices at Honiton and Exmouth remain closed to the public, but can be contacted on 01404 515616.

More information is available on the council’s website.

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District council shuts East Devon skate parks and multi-use games areas under second national lockdown

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