Category: COVID-19

Bedford businesses reminded to register for new Test and Trace App

The government has released new legislation as part of its efforts to drive down the rate of coronavirus infection and support the test and trace system.

On Friday 18 September, it became law for hospitality venues to enforce the rule of six or face a fine of up to £4,000. They also have to log contact details for customer, visitors and staff as part of NHS Test and Trace.

From today, Thursday 24 September 2020, this has been extended so that it will be a legal requirement to display an official NHS QR code poster to help people check in to venues.

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Rise in COVID-19 cases in Bedford Borough

Bedford Borough Council is urging residents to keep taking precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This follows an increase in local cases and at a time when some people have had problems booking a test.

Along with health leaders across the country, Bedford Borough Council is reminding people to follow the hands, face, space advice.

If you have any of the symptoms including a new persistent cough, high temperature or loss of smell or taste to self-isolate and get tested.

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Central Bedfordshire Council: Test and trace

Lessons learnt from other parts of the country are helping to refine the Covid-19 test and trace process in Central Bedfordshire, a meeting heard.
The local operation began last month to support the national test and trace service.
An update was presented to Central Bedfordshire Council’s social care, health and housing overview and scrutiny committee by its assistant director public health Celia Shohet.

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Bedford Borough businesses warned to behave responsibly

Bedford Borough Council is warning pubs, restaurants and other local businesses to support measures to control the spread of coronavirus, or enforcement action will be carried out against them.

Businesses must ensure that when they are open, they have the appropriate measures in place to keep their customers and the wider population safe.

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Bedford Borough Council and Bedfordshire Police remind residents to follow COVID guidelines

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.

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Back To School In Bedford Borough

Bedford Borough Council has welcomed the measures put in place in schools across the Borough to enable the safe return of pupils as they start the Autumn term.

With ​COVID-19 still present in the community, schools have introduced measures to protect staff and pupils. Such as classroom bubbles to limit the contact between pupils, staggered arrival and leaving times and additional cleaning regimes.

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Bedford Borough Council to support local COVID tracing

Bedford Borough residents that have tested positive will either be phoned or visited by a team from the Council if national contact tracers are unable reach them in the first 24 hours.

Bedford Borough Council is now running a local Test and Trace service, working with the national NHS Test and Trace to help contact local residents who have tested positive for COVID-19.

This is to help ensure the details of their close contacts are captured quickly.

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COVID-19: Keep Bedford Borough safe this Bank Holiday Weekend

Bedford Borough Council is urging everyone to play their part in keeping themselves and other members of the community safe.

Although the number of new coronavirus cases locally is lower than it has been previously, the number of cases remains high. The Council said that it is important for residents to remain cautious and not to become complacent.

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