With the gorgeous weather this Easter bank holiday weekend you would imagine Bedford to be full of people making the most of the sunshine and time off.
Bedford’s parks would be full of picnickers, the town centre full of shoppers, and The Embankment full of people taking a leisurely walk along the river.
But that wasn’t the case this weekend.
The coronavirus ‘lockdown’ has seen much of Bedford’s landmarks and open spaces deserted, or with no more than a sporadic few people making the most of the fresh air while observing social distancing.
The series of photos taken in the days running up to and over the bank holiday, at times when you’d expect packed parks, streets and pubs, show a Bedford void of the hustle and bustle of life.
It’s not known when the ‘lockdown’ restrictions will be lifted with Government guidance stating:
- Stay at home
- Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
- If you go out, stay two metres (6ft) away from other people at all times
- Wash your hands as soon as you get home
- Do not meet others, even friends or family
- You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms
To help people cope with isolation and lockdown in general, the Bedford Independent and The Bedford Clanger have created a guide with the support of Bedford Borough Council and the NHS.
The guide contains facts and links to the following:
- Government guidelines about leaving your house
- What to do if you have symptoms
- How you can stay fit and healthy
- Where you can get help or support if you’re struggling
- How you can help vulnerable people
- Where you can get business advice
You can download the guide by clicking/tapping the image below.
How to submit your own lockdown experience
You too can share your own lockdown experiences.
Sharing your experiences, and how coronavirus is affecting you, will help others and also create a social record of how coronavirus is affecting us all.
How you write your experiences is entirely up to you. But here are some pointers:
- Please submit photos to accompany the piece
- Describe who you are? Are you a teenager, a parent, business owner or volunteer. Who you are will help readers understand your point of view
- Write it in a way that’s personal to you and your experiences
- You can talk about anything you want. How you feel, what you’re doing differently, how family life is at home, but be honest
- You can write a diary style piece, a list of ideas, or simply a story, be as creative as you like
- Try to keep it about 400 words
Send your article to email@example.com.
Submissions from all ages are welcome. Please include your full name and what area of Bedford you live in. We won’t need your street address.