Tag: lockdown

New business grant scheme approved by Central Bedfordshire Council

Struggling businesses will be able to access further grants following approval of the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG2) and the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) by Central Bedfordshire Council’s Executive today (23 February 2021).

The two new grants are designed to support more businesses as they struggle during lockdown because of the pandemic

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Urgent call for Bedfordshire organisations to deliver online activity sessions for those worst hit by lockdown

Team BEDS&LUTON needs local charities, organisations or sport professionals to come forward to help deliver online activity sessions during the current lockdown.

Research from Sport England into the impact of the pandemic on physical activity has revealed certain groups of people – specifically those in lower socio-economic groups; Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities; Disabled people and people with long-term health conditions – are being disproportionately affected.

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£6.5million paid to support Bedford Borough businesses

Bedford Borough Council is automatically paying £6.5million to businesses that have had to close during lockdown.

These grants are to support businesses with their premises costs. They are available for businesses that are ratepayers or have other mortgage or rent costs for their business premises and are required to close.

These grants are set and funded by the Government at a national level and administered by the local council.

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Bedford Borough residents reminded to act responsibly in local parks

Parks and play areas will be remaining open throughout this period of lockdown so that individuals and households can get their daily exercise and enjoy nature in our beautiful local parks.

Bedford Borough Council is reminding everyone to keep their distance from others when taking their exercise, wash and sanitise their hands regularly. Particularly before/after touching any play equipment, and not to gather in groups.

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Eleven notices served on Bedford Borough businesses breaching national restrictions

Bedford Borough Council’s Environmental Health team has served eleven prohibition notices and issued two fines to businesses that have stayed open illegally during this period of national restrictions.

The Council’s Environmental Health team, alongside the COVID marshals, have undertaken 110 monitoring visits to local businesses after reports that they were operating illegally.

These businesses have ranged from leisure facilities to licensed premises such as pubs, to car washes.

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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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Bedford Borough Council encourages residents to look after their wellbeing

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of a nationwide lockdown in England, Bedford Borough Council is reminding everyone of the support and advice available to look after your mind and body.

In April, the council created a webpage offering advice to Bedford Borough residents on how to look after themselves whilst at home during the coronavirus outbreak and beyond.

With regular updates, the site offers advice and signposting to help residents stay healthy in what continues to be an extremely difficult and uncertain year.

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