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During the first week of shops, pubs, restaurants and hairdressers reopening, Bedford Borough Council said it has been working to support local businesses and keep our communities safe.

Council officers have been providing support to businesses ahead of reopening with advice on managing queues, getting necessary signs in place, and engaging with business owners to make sure they were confident ahead of reopening safely on Monday.

COVID marshals and environmental health officers were out and about in the town centre on Monday. The council said these were out to support businesses in opening safely and carrying out monitoring and compliance checks to ensure that measures were in place to keep staff and the public safe.

Throughout the week, council officers have visited businesses and providing support in the town centre and elsewhere. The council is also working in partnership with the police ahead of this first weekend of the pubs being open, to ensure everyone is enjoying themselves safely and venues have everything they need in place.

A Borough Council spokesperson said:

“People have been taking advantage of the COVID-19 restrictions easing, supporting our town centres and local businesses, and the vast majority of businesses and visitors have been doing so safely which is great to see.

“We have been working with businesses in the run-up to this reopening, and have been providing advice, support and monitoring activity to help these businesses reopen safely. By reopening safely and ensuring visitors and businesses are following the COVID-19 measures, we can all do our part to help bring an end to COVID lockdowns.”