Tag: COVID-19

COVID Lockdown: play your part – stay at home

Ahead of the first weekend of the new national restrictions, Bedford Borough Council is reminding people to play their part and stay at home as much as possible.

With COVID-19 cases rising rapidly across the country, the Government is calling on people to stay at home to protect the NHS, and save lives.

The best way to slow the spread of infection is to reduce our day-to-day contact with others.

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New COVID-19 walk-in testing centre open at University of Bedfordshire Campus

A new walk-in COVID-19 testing centre has opened at the Polhill Campus Car Park, Polhill Avenue, Bedford.

It will be open every day providing testing for students at the University and local residents. It expands on the local testing availability currently provided at Borough Hall and Prebend Street car parks in the town.

As a walk-in site, residents must either walk or cycle to the site, not drive or take public transport.

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Cranfield and NERC Digital Sprint: digital environmental solutions to tackle effects of COVID-19

A digital sprint, featuring a series of hackathons, led by Cranfield University and the Natural Environment Research Council has seen multiple projects awarded prizes for innovation and use of digital technology.

Scientists from across the world participated in teams during three successive hackathons to develop digital environmental tools that can help track, understand and predict the effects of COVID-19 and help lead to a greener post-pandemic future.

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Bedford Borough businesses awarded £56million in COVID-19 support

Bedford Borough Council has released figures that show that it has awarded £56million of support to local businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown and restrictions.

This includes £29.5million in cash grants and £26.5million in relief from paying business rates, provided by the Government to support local businesses during the pandemic and administered by the Council.

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Coronavirus enforcement in Bedfordshire boosted by surge funding

Police forces and local councils will receive an additional £60 million to step up the enforcement of coronavirus rules. This is part of the government’s plans to tackle the rise in infections.

The surge funding is to enable police to increase patrols in town centres and ensure that people are complying with the new restrictions, particularly in high-risk areas.

The government said that police will also provide more support to local authorities and NHS Test & Trace to enforce self-isolation requirements. Adding that local councils will use the funding to increase their compliance work and enforcement checks on businesses.
Bedfordshire Police will receive £270,485, Central Bedfordshire Council will get £112,886 and Bedford Borough £85,088.

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Bedford Borough launches Test and Trace Support Payment

Following the Government’s announcement of a new financial support package for those required to self-isolate due to coronavirus, Bedford Borough Council has launched an online application form for residents who are eligible for support.

This package of support offers a payment of £500 to residents who are on low incomes, in receipt of certain benefits and are required to self-isolate because they have received a positive test result or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

This is designed to support people on low incomes if they will lose money because of self-isolating, and will encourage people to get tested

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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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