Police in Brixham are urging the public to comply with new guidance today as the current lockdown ends and Devon enters Tier 2 rules.
Brixham police said on their Facebook page: “The COVID Tier 2 restrictions commence today. Brixham saw a surge in COVID cases before the last ‘Lockdown’ due to people not following the Government guidance. It is therefore vital that we all do our part and comply with the guidance. None of us want to see Tier 3 restrictions imposed in the coming weeks.”
In the last few weeks before lockdown Brixham became Devon’s worst Covid-19 hotspot. Many in the town blamed a “half term grockle invasion” of holidaymakers.
But health chiefs later pinpointed the rise in cases to people attending public events in enclosed spaces – including Exeter Chiefs’ rugby games which were shown in pubs.
There was also some evidence that even people who had tested positive were not self-isolating, according to the Director of Public Health for Torbay, Dr Caroline Dimond.
In Brixham the rolling rate of new cases up to November 5 registers at 611.5 on the Government data map.
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Since lockdown Brixham Town has fallen to a rolling rate of 52.9 per 100,000 people with five cases in the last week.
Higher Brixham remains the worst area in Torbay at 186.1 per 100,000 people, with 14 new cases.
Replying to the police appeal for people to comply with guidance, people were still concerned about a possible influx of visitors.
One Brixham woman replied: “Hopefully people will not flock here and be careful for themselves.”
And another alleged that guest houses in the town were allowing visitors from higher tiers.
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Brixham police published this chart of Tier 2 High alert regulations:
And they asked the public who have questions to follow this link to the Frequently Asked Questions Page on the Devon and Cornwall police website or the Government website here.