Bedford Borough Council and Bedfordshire Police remind residents to follow COVID guidelines Coronavirus (COVID-19) Image by Philip Steury AdobeStock_332281171.jpg

Individuals test positive following large gatherings

Bedford Borough Council and Bedfordshire Police are asking everyone to follow the guidance and avoid large gatherings. These could increase the spread of coronavirus, endanger health and lead to a local lockdown.

The plea comes after the Council has had to investigate cases where individuals had tested positive following large gatherings in the borough.

To avoid the risk of transmission and stay as safe as possible, residents are advised to always maintain social distancing with people not from their household, both indoors and outdoors.

You should only have close social contact with people from your household and support bubble. The virus can be transmitted by someone without any symptoms. So it is important to remain cautious, even with trusted friends and family and at COVID-19 secure venues.

Cllr Louise Jackson, portfolio holder for Health and Wellbeing, said:

“Whether it’s in a garden, in one of our fantastic parks or at a pub or restaurant, please continue to follow any relevant signage or instructions and remember to observe 2m social distancing, regularly wash your hands and wear a face covering to keep yourself and others safe.

“Please do not hold or attend celebrations (such as parties) where it is difficult to maintain social distancing and avoid close social interaction – even if they are organised by businesses and venues that are taking steps to follow COVID-19 secure guidelines

“If you feel unwell or have coronavirus symptoms, please stay at home to protect yourself, your friends, family and your community.”

Indoors – You can meet indoors in groups of up to two households (anyone in your support bubble counts as one household). This includes inviting people into your home, visiting another home or socialising in a public venue

Outdoors – You can meet in groups of up to six people who you do not live with or who are not in your support bubble. You can ONLY meet in groups of more than six people if everyone is exclusively from two households (including support bubbles)

In all cases – You should continue to maintain social distancing with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble. You should also provide your contact details for test and trace purposes

Chief Superintendent John Murphy said:

“Coronavirus is still very much amongst us and we are urging people not to lower their guard and to be extra vigilant to help stop the spread of coronavirus in Bedford and the surrounding areas.

“It is important that we follow the current government guidance and we would urge people to please take precautions, such as observing social distancing and wearing a face covering when in public areas, such as shops and supermarkets.

“Our officers will continue to engage, explain and encourage people to follow the guidance, with enforcement as a last option, and we would like to thank the public for their continued support.”

If a business or venue is not following national guidelines, you can report this to the Council at business@bedford.gov.uk.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (a new, continuous cough, high temperature, or a loss of, or change to your sense of taste or smell), please book a test via nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119. Free testing is available seven days a week in Bedford.

Latest local COVID stats can be found here.