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England v Italy is going to be extra special in Bedford, and Bedford Borough Council and Bedfordshire Police are urging residents to enjoy the match safely.

Rates of COVID-19 have nearly doubled in the last week, with the most recent local figures showing over 200 cases per 100,000 of the population.

The Borough Council is encouraging everyone to watch the game at home with their families – outside if possible, if you are mixing households – or support your local pub or venue and follow the appropriate COVID-19 measures in place to keep everyone safe.

Remember indoors the rule of six is still in place and it’s best to open windows/doors as fresh air will help blow COVID-19 particles away.

Mayor Dave Hodgson said:

“We are all really looking forward to the spectacle that will be the Euro final this Sunday with the men’s national side making their first major final since 1966, and it will be extra special event here in Bedford with our proud Italian community.

“We know that lots of people will be watching the game, seeing friends and family, and maybe supporting their local pub. This is sure to be a great evening, and we are urging everyone to make sure they celebrate safely.

“Even if you’re already vaccinated, get a rapid test before meeting up with people and make sure you’re keeping your friends, family and community safe by remembering hands, face, space and fresh air.”

Football is coming home Image Bedford Borough Council