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If you have to go to a Bedford Borough Council building you will be asked to wear a face covering

With coronavirus present in the community, Bedford Borough Council (BBC) is reminding local residents to contact the Council remotely if they can.

The Council provides a number of services on its website. Such as booking a visit to the recycling centre, paying council tax, reporting a pothole or missed bin collection. Its Customer Services Team can be contacted by email or by phone, 01234 267422.

This is just one in a series of measures the Council said it is taking to protect visitors and staff from coronavirus.

BBC added that council buildings have been risk assessed to reduce the risk of the infection spreading with measures such as social distancing and one-way systems already in place.

Visitors are also being asked to wear a face covering where they can to help reduce the risk further. A ‘face covering’ does not mean a medical grade mask. It is something which covers the nose and mouth from a purpose-bought covering to a scarf.

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

“We would always encourage you to contact the Council via the website, by email, or by phone in the first instance. For everyone’s safety please only come into visit in person if you cannot contact us any other way.

“When visiting please take precautions; keep 2 metres apart where possible, use the hand sanitiser provided, wash your hands regularly, and wear a face covering if you can.”

There are exemptions for people who don’t need to wear a face covering. Advice on face coverings, exemptions, and how to make face coverings can be found on the Government website.