Coronavirus Help

A message from our MP, Selaine Saxby, 10th August 2020:

We will be living with the coronavirus until such time as we have a vaccine and whilst we must all remain vigilant we do need to understand that in spite of our increased population, due to the many visitors we have in Devon, we still have one of the lowest rates of infection in the entire country.

Last week I visited our Covid-19 testing facility in Barnstaple which is currently at the far end of the leisure centre car park. I am delighted the site is back in Barnstaple and urge anyone with symptoms to get tested as soon as possible.

If you cannot book your test via https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test you can call 119.

Devon continues to have very low levels of infection and is ranked 149/150 regionally. In the past 7 days there have been just 4 cases in the whole county. It is now more than a month since overnight visitors have been welcomed back to Devon and it is thanks to the excellent social distancing measures introduced by our tourism and hospitality sector and other local businesses, as well as residents and visitors alike, in the main, following the guidance that cases remain so low.

There have been 26 deaths in Northern Devon and just 122 confirmed cases in North Devon throughout the pandemic.

I know we have a higher than normal number of visitors this year, and many are anxious about how busy some areas are. Outside transmission remains incredibly rare, with initial studies suggesting less than one in two thousand cases are transmitted outdoors. Nationally there are currently 6 cases per 100,000 people. In Devon its currently 1.2 cases per 100,000 people, so you need to pass nearly 100,000 people, to even pass someone carrying the virus, and then would have to be in close contact for a number of minutes to contract it.

I very much hope such ongoing low levels of the virus locally will help everyone feel more confident about going to support our local businesses. Inevitably whilst we are living with the coronavirus, there will be outbreaks, but we are very fortunate that here in Devon we have an excellent Local Outbreak Management Plan prepared by our County Council. You can view all the information about the coronavirus in Devon here: https://www.devon.gov.uk/coronavirus-advice-in-devon/

We really are very well prepared here in North Devon. We have a very low level of infection, and all cases are being tracked effectively, our Nightingale is ready if needed, and hopefully it won’t, we have indeed planned for the worst whilst hoping for the best as we move into the new normal.

Please remember to keep washing your hands, wear a face covering inside as required and keep your distance! #HandsFaceSpace

Selaine Saxby, MP for North Devon
10th August 2020

Notice to Residents of Instow May/June 2020

We welcome people back to Instow, but we would be grateful if you would observe the following in order to help us minimise the risk of spreading coronavirus:

Please respect the inhabitants and other visitors by maintaining social distancing at all times, particularly on the beach and pavements. If you are sitting in cars or benches, ensure that other users of the pavement can pass while maintaining their distance, particularly now that there is much more traffic.


Please ensure that dogs are kept under control on the beach, especially during the middle of the day when there are a lot of people on the beach.


The garden at All Saints chapel is now open for people to use, but the children’s’ play equipment has been taped off. Please do not enter the play area. It would be sad if the whole garden had to be closed again due to a few people using the play equipment.


The Council car park is open and charges apply. There will be enforcement of the charges from 28th May 2020. Unfortunately, there is no longer free parking for customers of Johns shop when collecting food orders.


We are working to get the toilets in the car park open again, which we will do as soon as it is possible. Meanwhile the council toilets opposite the entrance to the Cricket Club and the other car park is open.


Various residents of Instow, with the backing of Instow Parish Council, have come together to offer support and help to residents of Instow who are having to self-isolate themselves due to the Coronavirus.


Anyone bringing their boat back to moor on the beach should remember that mooring charges apply on Instow Sands. Please see the beach page.
The Cricket Club is still closed, but a small amount of coaching is being allowed for members. This has to be booked on the website or by phone.
The North Devon Yacht club is open, but members must observe social distancing at all times and are only allowed at present in the boat park. Members can sail but there is no rescue cover.


If you need help with other things than grocery shopping – for example – medication collection, a phone call, activities (jigsaws, magazines, books etc) call one of the following numbers:
• 01271 861446
• 01271 860479
• 01271 860660


There is a specific Facebook page set up – Instow Help Group 2020.


Various local businesses are now open:
Instow Barton, Saturday suppers booked in advance and various bakery items. See their Facebook page or website for details. 01271 860845
Wayfarer Inn, open for deliveries (in Instow) and take-aways from 2pm each day. 01271 860342
John’s Kiosk for ice creams on the front
John’s Shop for Post Office and other items. They are also doing food boxes. 01271 860310

As things change, we will be updating this website.