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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Beales closing down sale
The Bedford branch of Beales will close tomorrow (19 March), two weeks ahead of the administrators' schedule. The joint administrators...
Yesterday (Tuesday), Woodfines Solicitors in Bedford offered to respond to employment law questions from some of our readers. In the wake of recent...
self-isolation
A Facebook group has been set up in Bedford to harness the vast numbers of volunteers wanting to support the old and vulnerable in their communities...
Bedford Blues generic holding card
The Rugby Football Union (RFU), released in a statement on Monday (16 March), that “all rugby activity in England, at both professional and community level” will be suspended until 17 April. The inevitable perhaps...
Communities Secretary confirms the Government will set out measures so that pubs and restaurants can operate as hot food takeaways to serve people having...
Money
This afternoon (Tuesday), the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak has announced a raft of economic measures to help individuals and businesses...
Coronavirus
All non-urgent procedures are being delayed as Bedford Hospital deals with the coronavirus outbreak. The chief executives of both Bedford and the Luton...
In response to the on-going coronavirus outbreak, two of Bedford's Iceland stores are adjusting their opening times and creating 'OAP' hours to help...
Paul Weller
We all need something to look forward to in these dark and uncertain times, so thank goodness for Bedford Park Concerts. To celebrate their 25th anniversary...
Boris Johnson
In a statement this afternoon, the Prime Minster, the chief scientific officer, Sir Patrick Vallance and the chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty...
Bedford Hospital entrance
In the early hours of this morning (Monday), Bedford Hospital confirmed to the media that they were treating their first case of COVID-19 (coronavirus)...
NHS
Health chiefs across Bedfordshire are leading the way in the fight against the deadly virus which is sweeping across the globe. Amid constantly updated...