Churches, mosques and temples can expect to receive a letter from Bedford Council soon with advice on how they can safely reopen for group worship.
A meeting heard even though communal worship was not banned for this lockdown, most faith leaders agreed that they would not continue while case rates were high.
A number of local businesses are set to remain closed for the remainder of this financial year, following the Prime Minister’s announcement earlier this week about the roadmap out of lockdown.
As a result, Bedford Borough Council is able to automatically pay £2.7million in business support grant to these businesses. These payments are expected to be in business bank accounts early this week.Read More
A new test centre for people with COVID-19 symptoms has opened at Steppingley Road, Flitwick.
It is based on the former leisure centre car park. Testing at the centre began today (Friday, 26 February), with appointments available each day, the site is open 8am – 8pm, 7 days a week.Read More
A council meeting heard that care homes are already making preparations to allow one named person to meet with a loved one and hold hands as part of the easing of lockdown restrictions.
Visitors will have to pass a lateral flow test before being allowed in, to reduce the risk of passing on the coronavirus to vulnerable people.
The Prime Minister has announced the government’s roadmap to “cautiously ease” lockdown restrictions in England.
The roadmap outlines four steps for easing restrictions. Before proceeding to the next step, the government will examine the data to assess the impact of previous steps.Read More
Health and social care staff from across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) are encouraged to get their COVID-19 vaccinations as soon as possible.
Self-referral is now an option for health and care staff working in BLMK in the below categories to attend Milton Keynes University Hospital (MKUH) to be vaccinated.Read More
Bedford GP jabbers due to move to cohort 6 next week but those in cohorts 1-5 can still book their vaccine
GP jabbing teams in Bedford are ready to move on to cohort six of the nine highest COVID-19 risk groups from next week, a meeting heard.
Teams running the local vaccination sites in the borough have been vaccinating at the rate of more than 1,000 people a day – but anyone who has missed out so far in cohorts 1-5 can still get their vaccination.Read More
Central Bedfordshire Council, in partnership with the Department of Health and Social Care, has launched a community testing initiative.
The rapid testing is available to anyone who lives or works in Central Bedfordshire who are unable to work from home and are in a customer facing role.Read More
The Freemasons are encouraging its 200,000 members to roll up their sleeves and volunteer to help vaccinate the population.
To help protect all UK citizens during this difficult time, the Freemasons have also offered their lodges to administer the vital jabs and many buildings are being used as Covid-19 vaccination centres.Read More
‘Nearly 9,000 health and social care staff yet to have their covid jabs’ in Beds, Luton and MK region
Some 8,900 health and social care staff across the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) region are set to receive letters urging them to take their COVID vaccines, a meeting heard.
And the BLMK partnership board, which brings together council and health service leaders, was also told that people in most vulnerable cohorts 1-4 could also be written to within days to overcome stubborn levels of “vaccine hesitancy”.Read More
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