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National Guidance: Enhanced Response Area

Due to our very high case rate, Torbay is currently an Enhanced Response Area along with Devon, Cornwall, Plymouth and the Isles of Scilly. This means the government has prioritised our areas for additional support to reduce case rates. 

To find out the latest information and advice about coronavirus in Torbay see our coronavirus section.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Find out what we are doing to prevent and respond to COVID-19 in Torbay.

The page is to inform residents, communities, employers and businesses in Torbay about the local response to COVID-19 and to signpost useful advice, guidance and resources.

We are working with all partners across the Bay to protect and support our community through the pandemic. 

Due to our very high case rate, Torbay is currently an Enhanced Response Area along with Devon, Cornwall, Plymouth and the Isles of Scilly. This means the government has prioritised our areas for additional support to reduce case rates.  It does not mean another local lockdown, but that we have more flexibility to introduce additional public health measures if considered necessary.

We must all act quickly and cautiously to slow the growth of COVID-19 cases in the Bay and allow time for more people to get fully vaccinated.

We urgently ask people to:

  • Get both vaccinations as soon as possible and give it time to work
  • Get tested even if you don't have symptoms and even if you have had one or both jabs
  • Comply with the legal requirement to self-isolate if you have symptoms or test positive. There is financial support available for eligible people.
  • Stay at home if unwell, to reduce the risk of passing on other illnesses onto friends, family, colleagues, and others in your community
  • Step up your COVID-19 safety: Meet in well-ventilated areas where possible, such as outdoors or indoors with windows open and keep thinking hands, face and space

Remember, the best way to stop the spread of the virus is still hands, face, space and fresh air, get both doses of the vaccine, and keep up regular LFD testing.

Latest video Update 23 August 2021

In his latest video, our director of public health, Dr Lincoln Sargeant talks about the continued high rate of COVID-19 in the Bay, the pressure this is creating for our local NHS and businesses, and how having both doses of the vaccine are reducing illness and slowing the spread of the virus. He also recognises the hard work our tourism and hospitality businesses are putting into COVID-19 safety as we continue to welcome our summer visitors.

Lets keep life moving, fresh air, testing, app, handwashing

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