Time to pull together, again

Mayor Dave
Mayor Dave Hodgson

The rise in COVID-19 cases nationally is hugely concerning. With cases continuing to rise here and elsewhere, and new national restrictions coming into force for four weeks from this Thursday 5th November, we must all continue to do everything that we can to stop its spread and protect our community, especially the vulnerable.

For the Council’s part, work is already well underway to ensure support is in place to help our community through this further period of lockdown.

In partnership with local community organisations, we have relaunched the Community Hub to provide support for vulnerable residents.

If you are in need of any information and guidance, or need to access support with food or assistance with prescriptions, please get in contact with the Community Hub via 01234 718101 or Covid19help@bedford.gov.uk.

For the very latest, up-to-date information on Council support and services, please visit the Council’s website at www.bedford.gov.uk/covid19. To get regular updates delivered to you via email, you can sign up to the Borough News bulletin at www.bedford.gov.uk/stayconnected.

I’d like to thank everyone for their efforts to control the virus to date.

At one point Bedford Borough had the highest rate of infection in the entire south of England, but thanks to everybody’s hard work and support for each other, our position in relation to other areas is much improved comparatively.

The government tells us that following this period of lockdown we will return to a ‘tiered’ system for local areas based on local conditions.

If we continue to work together in the way that we have to date we can ensure that we will emerge from this period in the lowest tier, with the fewest restrictions in place on day-to-day life, including on our local employers.

So please continue to follow the national public health advice including around ‘Hands, Face, Space’, limit your contact with others and stay at home as much as you can.

And again, thank you to everyone for following the rules, looking out for each other and especially the vulnerable, and for pulling together.

This is a monthly guest column provided by
Mayor Dave Hodgson and published unedited.

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