Bedford’s Mayor calls for “safe and small” New Year celebrations


Bedford’s Mayor, Dave Hodgson, has called for “safe and small” celebrations tonight, as people across the Borough look to ring in the New Year.

Despite Bedford Borough being placed in Tier 4 by Central Government, cases in the Borough have continued to rise, with over 600 cases per 100,000 now being recorded, the highest yet.

Over 100 people in Bedford Hospital are also being treated for COVID-19.

Now, Bedfordians are being urged by the Mayor to “play their part” in the fight against coronavirus (COVID-19).

2020 has been a difficult year for everyone, but cases of COVID-19 are continuing to rise in the Borough and remain a serious cause for concern,” said Mayor Dave Hodgson.

The tiers were reviewed yesterday (30 December) with Bedford Borough remaining in Tier 4.

Households cannot mix indoors

This means residents must stay at home, apart from limited exceptions.

People cannot meet indoors with people from other households, including for New Year celebrations tonight, unless they are part of a support bubble.

Meanwhile, if outdoors, people can only meet one person from another household in a public space.

“We must do all we can to protect our friends and family, protect our communities and protect our NHS from being overwhelmed,” added the Mayor.

“I urge everyone in Bedford Borough to keep to the rules and to have a safe and small New Year as we look forward to a better 2021,” he said.

Anyone with symptoms must immediately self-isolate for ten days and should only leave the house to access a test.

“By reducing contact with others, keeping rooms well ventilated, wearing a face covering where required, keeping a safe social distance and washing your hands regularly, you will help to reduce the spread,” said a Council spokesperson.

 Test sites remain open

Regional and local test sites are remaking open across the New Year bank holiday, but may operate reduced hours. They will be open as normal on other days.

To book a site test or a home test go to or call 119 between 7am and 11pm.

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