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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.

England is still in a national lockdown, you must stay at home as much as possible except to go shopping for essentials, for exercise or to seek medical attention.

From 8 March, some of the rules will be changing. Go to GOV.UK for more information.

More people have been identified by the government as potentially being at high risk (clinically extremely vulnerable) of severe illness if they catch the virus and are now being asked to shield. 

The vaccination programme for Bedford Borough is the responsibility of NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group, find out more here

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

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

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: Keep two metres apart from people you don’t live with or aren’t in your support bubble. 

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.

COVD-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 here:

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) 

>  Council services

>  Vulnerable groups and the over 70s 

>  Help with food and shopping and prescriptions

>  Business advice and business support grants 

>  Latest Government advice

Information in other languages

>  Test and Trace Support Payment

>  Financial help

>  Waste collections

>  Schools

>  Council Tax - advice for residents

>  Adult social care