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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We all need to do everything we can to help stop the spread of the virus and protect our family, friends and community.

It is really important that everyone who is eligible gets vaccinated as soon as possible. Anyone over 25 (or turns 25 before 1 July 2021) can book their vaccine appointments online through the national booking system or by phoning 119.

More vaccination appointments in more locations are also available for Bedford Borough residents aged 18 and over. Walk in slots are also available on Saturday 12 June.

We are asking all residents to remain cautious. The best way to help stop the spread of all variants is to continue to follow the guidance – Hands, Face, Space, Fresh Air. If you’re meeting with friends or family stay outside where fresh air can disperse the virus.

See the latest weekly COVID-19 statistics for Bedford Borough (PDF).

Coronavirus restrictions remain in place. Read more about current restrictions and the changes from 17 May on GOV.UK.

If you have been told to self-isolate it important that you do so to protect yourself and others and support is available.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms you must stay at home and only leave to get tested.

Everyone living or working in the Borough can get free twice weekly rapid testing. People without symptoms can drop in to the rapid test centre at the Faraday Community Centre, off Elstow Road, Bedford. 

Our wellbeing pages have lots of guidance and tips on keeping active, eating well and looking after our mental health.

Remember Hands, Face, Space

Hands: Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds, and use hand sanitiser to keep them clean on the go.

Face: Wear a face covering in busy places especially in shops and supermarkets, on public transport and in Council buildings. See our guidance on how to wear a face covering.

There are many types of suitable face coverings, including scarves or you could you make one yourself, we also encourage you to use a reusable face covering.

Space: Meet outside rather than inside where possible and try to keep 2 metres apart from people that you don’t live with (unless you have formed a support bubble with them), this includes friends and family you don’t live with.

If you have any of the following symptoms: a new persistent cough, high temperature or a change or loss of taste or smell you should immediately self-isolate and arrange a test online or by calling 119.

Test and Trace

You can find out about Test and Trace Support Payments here.

The Government's COVID-19 app is a vital part of the NHS Test and Trace service. Find out more and download it here

Report concerns about a business

You can report concerns about a business not following COVID-19 regulations here.

Keep up to date

Sign up for our Borough News email bulletin for regular updates straight to your inbox.

COVID-19 Health Champions are working together with the Council to continue to keep Bedford Borough safe during the pandemic. Sign up to be a COVID-19 Health Champion here.

You can also view key reports:

PPE for unpaid carers

If you are an unpaid carer and need PPE (personal protective equipment) you can request it from us.  

More information and advice

>  Getting tested for Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

>  Get vaccinated against Coronavirus (COVID-19)

>  Council services

>  Vulnerable groups and the over 70s 

>  Self-isolation support

>  Business advice and business support grants 

>  Latest Government advice

Information in other languages

>  Test and Trace Support Payment

>  Financial help for residents

>  Waste collections

>  Schools

>  Adult social care