This afternoon PM Boris Johnson revealed plans for schools to return on March 8 as well as measures which will allow two people to meet socially in a public place.
Commissioner Hernandez says the roadmap out of lockdown will be a welcome relief to everyone, but states there is still much to do before a return to any kind of normality.
She said: “The people of Devon and Cornwall have done a fantastic job of sticking to the guidance and this is reflected in the fact that our Covid rates are the lowest in the country.
“While today’s roadmap out of restrictions offers many reasons for joy and optimism, it’s really important that we recognise the battle is by no means over.
“There are still hundreds of cases being recorded in Devon and Cornwall and if we start ignoring the rules it’s very likely that our path out of lockdown could be significantly delayed. That’s not something anyone wants.
“The past 12 months have been extremely testing for everyone and the last thing we want is for restrictions to drag on longer than they need to.
“So I would ask Devon and Cornwall’s residents to keep up the good work, continue social distancing and stick to the rules. There’s light at the end of the tunnel, but let’s make sure we get there together.”
Until March 8, the current lockdown guidance remains in place – full details of which can be found here: gov.uk/coronavirus
More details about the Government’s return to school plans can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/guidance-for-schools-coronavirus-covid-19