Coronavirus

All the latest, fact-checked news about COVID-19 (coronavirus) and how it is affecting Bedford, Bedford Town, Bedford Borough, Bedford businesses and Bedford people in one place.

For the latest coronavirus stats in Bedford, please read:
Coronavirus: latest confirmed cases in Bedford Borough

As we publish news articles relating to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on Bedford, they will be added to this archive for easy access.

All of the team at Bedford Independent live in and around Bedford Borough and we aim to report on the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on local people, local business and local economy.

Please check & follow the latest Government Advice and, if you suspect you have symptoms, follow the NHS guidelines.

McDonalds
As social distancing becomes a reality and more staff and customers enter self-isolation, many of Bedford's shops and businesses are temporarily closing...
The government will officially announce today (Tuesday) that it will be mandatory to wear a face covering in shops from 24 July...
Coronavirus public parks sign
The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 were subject to a further, significant amendment on 13 May 2020 following...
coronavirus
Last night (Saturday), the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson announced tough new measures to control the coronavirus pandemic. From midnight on Thursday...
NHS
An employee at Bedford Hospital has spoken exclusively to the Bedford Independent, about the coronavirus pandemic, saying the NHS is "not ready to cope with this." The employee, who did not...
Bunyan Centre
Customers who had booked classes at council leisure centres run by Fusion Lifestyle say they've been left to "work it out for themselves" after it was announced the centres wouldn't be opening along...
GP doctor
News that the council's public health team will receive a below-inflation increase of 0.7% core funding has been met with anger by the Borough's Labour councillors...
coronavirus
With confirmed cases of Covid-19 (coronavirus) more than doubling in Bedford Borough in the last seven days,  residents are urged to be cautious and to exercise common sense. Cases per 100,000 people rose from 39.8 last...
Matt Hancock
The Health Secretary has been accused of 'inaccuracies' after he said coronavirus data had been shared with Bedford Borough Council's health teams, when it has not. In the House of...
Gainz Gym police
A gym in Bedford, which defied national lockdown guidelines and remained open, has been visited by Bedfordshire Police today (Thursday)...
Bedford Hospital entrance
Bedford Hospital have confirmed that there have now been 40 deaths related to coronavius (COVID-19). In a statement this evening a spokesperson...
vaccine
Two more vaccination centres are due to open in Bedford in the next few weeks although a meeting heard that one has been delayed because of concerns over traffic problems. Borough mayor Dave Hodgson has urged his colleagues in the NHS...