Strete, Devon Strete

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Welcome

Welcome to the official website of Strete in Devon, England, which is managed by Strete Parish Council. Strete is about a fifteen minute drive from Dartmouth. It is to be found on the high coastal ground at the eastern end of Slapton Sands. It's a good place to stay if you like exploring the local beaches and is also convenient for Kingsbridge, Totnes and Salcombe. Strete is situated on the South West Coastal Footpath and, with a variety of accommodation in the village, it is an ideal location to take a break in your journey. Take time to relax and enjoy the beautiful AONB surroundings.

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We are fast approaching the peak in infections last seen in the spring, with cases rising in every age group and region of England. And while infections are highest in the North, they are surging more rapidly in the South: -

  • The number of people infected - one in every 78 - has more than doubled since last month's survey
  • One in every 37 people in Yorkshire and the Humber has the virus
  • Three times as many people aged 55-64 are infected as last month and twice as many over 65s
  • The R number - the average number of people infected by each person with the virus - has increased from 1.15 to 1.56
  • The South East, South West and east of England all have an R above 2.0. London's is estimated at 2.86

If we all want to keep free of the virus we have to, once again, take personal responsibility of our actions when out and about.
We have lots of visitors for half-term week and some that will stay longer. Unless you know them well, be courteous but do not mix outside your home.
Wear a face mask at all times if you have to go out and wash your hands regularly. Stay at home unless you have to go out.
We have a month to get the R value down or face another enforced lockdown. Let's do what's needed together.

Exeter Covid Cases 'Broadly' Back to National Average

It’s the first time in weeks that case numbers in the city have fallen following a spike mostly associated with University of Exeter. Positive cases among the university student population have come down, thanks largely to measures introduced by the university, including restrictions to prevent student households mixing, as well as the majority of students doing their part and sticking to the tighter rules. Case numbers across the county however are rising overall, in line with the national trend, but they remain below the English average. However working age and older adults are testing positive for COVID-19. That’s similar to what is being reported across the country. While the numbers are low in Devon at the moment, it’s really important that we do all we can to maintain that. We want to make sure that we stay in the medium tier, so it’s really important that everyone adheres to the key guidance messages:
Keep your social distance – ideally to a minimum of two metres
Make sure that you wash your hands properly and regularly
Wear face coverings where required and appropriate.
For more details click here.

Devon is Medium Local COVID Alert Level

There is no ‘low’ tier, so ‘medium’ is the lowest of the Prime Minister’s three alert levels. Most immediately, it means that we stay on track with the national and local measures that are have already in place. In Exeter, the high number of cases – over 80 per cent of which are linked to the University student population – appear to have stabilised for the moment. That’s a positive sign but is by no means a green light to relax the local measures introduced by the University. Elsewhere in the county, there is a rise generally in the number of cases reflecting the national trend. In South Hams during the first lockdown Covid cases averaged 5 per week. It is currently running at 8 per week but, at the moment, our case numbers remain below the national average. Close monitoring of the numbers remains a priority so that there can be quick to response to assess whether the current measures in place are sufficient to halt the spread, or whether more advanced restrictions are required.
Click here and here for more information.

The Covid Picture in Devon This Week

Cases in Devon are rising generally as elsewhere in the country, but we are still lower than the national average for England. In Exeter, the number of positive cases among the student population is going up, but the number of cases among non-students are still low and is certainly below the England average. This gives a high degree of confidence that we are not seeing spread from the student population to the non-student population in Exeter. If we think about a 'ladder' of interventions and lockdown of Exeter being the top rung on the ladder, we are no where near the top yet. There are things that we can do in addition to the things that we are currently doing to help try to control that spread of the virus and hopefully avoid us getting towards the top rung of that ladder. Across Devon, levels of coronavirus are low. Cases are steady and that is largely as a result of the common sense of the people of this county. But we cannot be complacent. Please continue to observe the following:
1. keep a safe distance from others, two metres is preferable
2. wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water and use hand sanitiser where it is provided
3. wear a face covering when you’re indoors in public spaces and on public transport.
For more information and guidelines click here.

Restrictions Tighten as Covid Spreads

With coronavirus cases continuing to rise - the last daily count revealed more than 14,000 new positive tests across the UK - additional restrictions are to be imposed on parts of England early next week. These could include a ban on overnight stays away from home and the closure of pubs and restaurants. Fresh measures in England are likely to be accompanied by a new three-tier system for local lockdowns - explained here - with areas with the worst infection rates, such as Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle, likely to be subject to the tightest restrictions. However, there remains a debate in cabinet over how far restrictions in the top tier should go, with some ministers fearful about the impact on the economy. Labour has been questioning the scientific basis for forcing pubs in England to close at 10pm. The Treasury is looking at providing financial support to the industry in the worst-hit areas, and plans for additional money for local authorities.

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