Category: COVID-19

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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Free rapid covid tests now available for everyone over 18 in Central Bedfordshire

Central Bedfordshire residents over 18 who don’t have symptoms of coronavirus are being urged to take advantage of free rapid COVID tests. These are now available from community testing sites, local pharmacies or online across the area.

Residents who don’t have symptoms can get a free, rapid test at any of the centres in Biggleswade, Dunstable and Flitwick. Where they can also learn how to do a high-quality test at home and collect a home test kit.

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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 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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Recovery Loan Scheme for businesses launched

With non-essential retail and outdoor hospitality reopening next week, ministers have ensured that support is still available to businesses to protect jobs.

From today (6 April 2021), businesses, ranging from coffee shops and restaurants, to hairdressers and gyms, can access loans varying in size from £25,000, up to a maximum of £10 million. Invoice and asset finance is available from £1,000.

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Top business leaders share lessons from the COVID crisis in new report

Most businesses were ill-prepared to deal with the pandemic and muddled though the challenges stemming from it, according to a report published on Tuesday (30 March 2021).

Resilience reimagined: a practical guide for organisations was produced by Cranfield University, in partnership with the National Preparedness Commission (NPC) and Deloitte.

The report presents insights from business leaders from a range of sectors and makes seven recommendations for organisations on how to become more resilient, drawing on lessons from past 12 months.

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Two visitors allowed in care homes to reunite with loved ones

Care home residents in England will be able to receive two visitors indoors from Monday 12 April 2021 as COVID restrictions continue to be cautiously eased.   Regular visits are being extended from one to two people under carefully designed conditions to prevent transmission of COVID-19.

Visitors will be asked to provide a negative test result and wear PPE during the visit to keep themselves, staff and residents safe.

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Bedfordshire residents urged not to be complacent to COVID-19 regulations over the Easter weekend

People across Bedfordshire are being urged not to become complacent and continue to play their part in ensuring cases of Covid continue to fall.

On Monday (29 March 2021), the ‘stay at home’ rule ended and up to six people and two households can now meet outside, including in private gardens. This rule change means that families and friends can get together outside in time for the long Easter weekend.

However, people are asked to minimise the number of journeys they make where possible and avoid travelling at the busiest times and routes.

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Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service sets up first walk in vaccination pilot in 24 hours

Like many Fire and Rescue Service’s across the country, BFRS have been utilising their services to support the mass vaccine roll out. In the last few weeks, the Service have been responsible for setting up vaccination centres across Bedfordshire and Luton in order to help vaccinate communities.

In just 24 hours, BFRS set up a walk up vaccination pilot, opening the doors to numbers of people who were eligible for the vaccine

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