Friday, September 18, 2020

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.

Robinson pool & gym
Due to the high local coronavirus infection rate, Fusion Lifestyle and Bedford Borough Council have confirmed that leisure facilities in the Borough will...
Play Parks Closed
Bedford Borough Council has just confirmed that some local play parks are opening tomorrow (23 July). Parks across the Borough will be open in phases, with the following parks included in the first...
coronavirus testing
Bedford needs a clear coronavirus plan not "doomsayers" looking to "apportion blame" over the failed NHS 'Track and Trace' app, according to the leader of Bedford Conservatives. Cllr Graeme...
Cranfield University
Scientists from Bedfordshire's Cranfield University are hoping that research they're involved with will provide an early warning of future outbreaks of...
Clear-panel face coverings
A charity supporting deaf people in Bedford has said that the impact of mandatory face masks in shops will be vast for the hearing-impaired community...
The government will officially announce today (Tuesday) that it will be mandatory to wear a face covering in shops from 24 July...
coronavirus testing
Bedford could yet become a coronavirus (COVID-19) “hotspot”. As Mayor Dave Hodgson says: “as we have seen in Leicester, a spike can suddenly appear and there is a significant chance of...
Borough Hall
Most Bedford residents noticed little substantial change to council services during the coronavirus crisis. But it could have been very different as internal council documents seen by the...
Coronavirus public parks sign
As Bedford, and the rest of the UK, begins to emerge from coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown the story of how we coped, the cost of it and what could happen next can be revealed...
Bedford Hospital entrance
Coronavirus (COVID-19) detectives are focusing their investigation on workers at Bedford Hospital and other healthcare settings, suggesting they're behind the high rate of virus...
Domestic abuse
Statistics suggest that more than 7,000 people in Bedford experience domestic abuse each year, and during lockdown, many people have been trapped in...
Boots Logo
In a shock announcement, Walgreens, the parent company of Boots, have announced they are closing 48 opticians across the country. They'll also make 4,000 people redundant in optician teams...