Bedfordshire Police and its partners are urging communities to follow national advice by staying in and supporting one another to stay safe during the COVID-19 outbreak.
With restrictions placed people’s movement to slow the spread of the disease, health workers, emergency services, local authorities and businesses are also changing the way they work in order to effectively protect the most vulnerable.
The #KeepingBedsSafe initiative is being coordinated by the Bedfordshire Local Resilience Forum. This is made up of hospitals, health services, emergency services and local authorities. It aims to reassure the public of the hard work being carried out daily by our dedicated servicemen and women to protect our neighbourhoods.
Assistant Chief Constable Jackie Sebire said:
“As a police force we have a clear duty to protect life so are fully behind the efforts to control the outbreak and are working closely with the National Police Chiefs’ Council to review the legislation to understand how we can use it to keep our communities safe.
“While we will have additional powers to prevent people going out unnecessarily we would much prefer that everyone adheres to the advice of staying at home and not gathering in public places.”
Bedfordshire Clinical and Commissioning Group’s director of Partnership Engagements and Communications, Jane Meggitt said:
“There will undoubtedly be tough times ahead and we are working together to ensure we are as prepared as we can be to support our communities.
“That includes working really closely to bring our communities together to ensure everyone has the latest information and advice, particularly our most vulnerable.”
Community groups have started online across Bedfordshire by people who want to help. #KeepingBedsSafe wants to hear about your story, whether that is through the use of technology to reach out to friends and loved ones or looking out for elderly or vulnerable neighbours.
So use the #KeepingBedsSafe hashtag when sharing your experiences online.
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said:
“We are working to ensure we keep providing essential services, particularly to the most vulnerable.
“The council has set up a Community Hub to help those in need. If you need any help or are able to offer support, please visit www.bedford.gov.uk/covid19. If you are not comfortable using the online form available there to ask for assistance, please call 01234 718101.”
The leader of Central Bedfordshire Council, Cllr James Jamieson, said:
“Residents can be assured that Central Bedfordshire Council is working hand in glove with national government, the voluntary sector, blue light services and, critically, the NHS to do all we can to help our residents – this is our absolute priority.
“However, I cannot stress enough the important role every single one of us plays in helping us fight this disease. Everyone can do their bit by staying at home.”
Follow #KeepingBedsSafe to find out more on what agencies are doing across the county to keep people safe.