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.

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The Bedford Independent has learnt that JPI Media is suspending the Times & Citizen, Bedford's last printed news source, indefinitely and print copies will not be delivered, due to...
Major planning decisions will be taken behind closed doors until the coronavirus crisis is over. Bedford Council’s planning committee has decided...
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Bedford Hospital NHS Trust has confirmed they are currently treating eight patients with confirmed COVID-19 (coronavirus) at the hospital...
Tom Grennan Bedford Foodbank
Musician Tom Grennan is working with Bedford Kindness volunteers to deliver much-needed supplies to Bedford Foodbank. The singer/songwriter has...
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An initiative to show support to the frontline staff working during the current crisis is taking place across the whole of the UK on Thursday (26 March)...
Bedford Borough Council has just announced that the tidy tip on Barkers Lane will close until further notice. In a statement, today (Tuesday) it said...
This morning, Michael Gove confirmed that children under 18 and with separated parents can visit both homes despite the government lockdown on movement...
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The Prime Minister has this evening (Monday) announced a full lockdown.He said, in a pre-recorded statement that, "...without a huge national effort to...
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...
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With immediate effect, Bedford Borough Council has closed all play areas in order to minimise the spread of coronavirus. A statement from the council...
As schools close across Britain, Network Rail is urging parents and carers in Bedford to hammer home railway safety messages. Incidents of trespass on...