Category: Bedford Borough Council

Bedford Borough Council Week of Action – working to keep you safe and support local businesses

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.

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“Super cautious” health chiefs describe rare blood clot symptoms to look out for as they urge Bedford residents to keep taking their jabs

A Bedford professor and GP has described the rare symptoms of blood clots to look out for as he urged local people to keep taking their jabs.

Professor Vijay Nayer, of Bedford Doctors on Call (Bedoc) said they are being “super cautious” in their approach to try to allay any anxiety that people have about the Oxford AstraZeneca jab.

Dr Nayer told a meeting on Thursday (8 April 2021) that extremely rare side effects were expected to emerge as millions of people get their vaccines.

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Bedford Borough Council: Fears for “Manic Monday” prompt health warnings

People in Bedford are being urged to remember the hands-face-space-ventilation message as the next stage of lockdown easing looms after the weekend.
From Monday (April 12) non-essential shops, indoor leisure facilities, libraries and personal care services will reopen with restaurants and pubs able to open for outdoor service.

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Bedford Borough Council urges residents to get twice weekly rapid ‘no symptom’ tests

From Friday 9 April 2021, everyone who lives or works in Bedford Borough and is over the age of 18 will be able to get a free rapid COVID-19 test twice a week.

One in three people who test positive for COVID-19 show no symptoms and could be transmitting the virus unknowingly. Rapid testing will help to break the chain of transmission by enabling those who test positive to self-isolate.

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Council meetings in limbo as video conferencing legislation is set to end

The legislation for remote council meetings is set to end on 6 May 2021. And the earliest date when the roadmap out of lockdown would allow organised indoor gatherings or events is 17 May 2021. This means both Bedford Borough Council (12 May) or Central Bedfordshire Council (13 May) annual meeting are in limbo.

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Grant Funding for Bedford Borough businesses

Home-based and mobile businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic are encouraged to apply for an initial £500 grant.

Eligible businesses can now apply for the grant online via Bedford Borough Council’s (BBC) website.

Grants will be awarded to local businesses and home-based and mobile businesses that have fixed business costs and have experienced a significant reduction in income due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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Enjoy Bedford Borough parks responsibly this Easter

With the start of the Easter holidays and the next step in the Government’s COVID-19 roadmap allowing outdoor gathering of either six people or two households, Bedford Borough Council is reminding residents to enjoy their parks responsibly.

Parks are a fantastic community space, providing room to exercise, get some fresh air, and have a much needed meet up with friends and family.

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