Coronavirus Update - Thursday 26th November 2020

The Government has announced today that Central Bedfordshire will be required to follow the tier two measures when we move out of the national restrictions on 2 December.

The three-tier system has been revised, it now applies to wider areas rather than local authority areas and the restrictions are stricter.

As such, Bedford and Luton are also in tier two. So too are Milton Keynes, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.

Most areas, including London, will be in tier two with some areas with the highest Covid rates being in tier three - the highest level.

Differences between the tiers include limits on where households can meet up and pubs being open.

In tier two, the rule of six remains for gatherings outdoors but there is to be no household mixing indoors (apart from support bubbles).

Pubs and bars must close unless operating as restaurants. Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals. Venues must stop taking orders at 10pm and close by 11pm.

Gyms and leisure centres can remain open, as will schools, early years settings and colleges and universities.

The attached summary explains the restrictions in more detail for a tier two area.

The tier system will be regularly reviewed, and an area's tier level may change before Christmas - the first review is scheduled for 16 December.

Act now if you have symptoms of COVID-19

Anyone with symptoms, including a new persistent cough, high temperature or a change or loss of taste or smell should immediately self-isolate and arrange a test via or by calling 111.

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Central Bedfordshire Council COVID-19 update

Central Bedfordshire Council is continuing to proactively contact Central Bedfordshire residents who are known to be vulnerable and is arranging support to those in need.

Anyone who needs help can contact the council via their website or the dedicated COVID-19 helpline on 0300 300 8900.

Please see the attached leaflet for top tips on looking after you mental wellbeing

Any support you can provide to local Good Neighbour schemes and other groups that are also supporting vulnerable residents in your parishes is welcomed and much appreciated. Community and Voluntary Services (CVS) have lots of helpful and useful information on their website.

Public urged to be vigilant after spread of COVID-19 - 12th June 2020

Members of the public across Bedfordshire are being urged to be vigilant to help stop the spread of Covid-19 after health experts across the county warned of increasing infection rates of the virus.

Luton and Bedford councils have today (Friday) issued concerns as figures showed Bedford has the highest rate of infection in the East of England.

With warmer weather potentially tempting people to gather in parks and open spaces, and with restrictions due to be eased further, including some non-essential shops opening from Monday, Bedfordshire Police has called for people to play their part in helping to stop the virus spreading.

T/Assistant Chief Constable Sharn Basra said: “The figures are a stark reminder that this remains a real public health emergency and we have deep concerns about this developing into a serious outbreak in the county which will put further lives at risk.

“We are fortunate to have a fantastically diverse county, but that does include a large number of those who, the government say, are at an increased risk of this virus. Public health must be our priority, so we would urge people to please take precautions such as observing social distancing and staying home wherever possible.

“Shops and markets will also start to open over the coming days, which is great for the economy and a boost for our towns and businesses, but please stay alert to the risks, and stay safe.”

Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner Kathryn Holloway said: "The East of England, together with the South West, are the regions which have had the lowest infection rate in the country so far. While this sounds a relief, it means that we are particularly vulnerable to a second peak as so few people, relatively speaking, have had the virus so far. This means there is a special need to take care in Bedfordshire, as a county."

Due to the increased number of people likely to be out and about over the weekend, officers will be, in certain situations, wearing medical Personal Protective Equipment to protect the public, and themselves, from the risk of further infection.

Forming support bubbles

From Saturday, 13 June, single adult households – in other words adults who live alone or with dependent children only – can form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household. All those in a support bubble will be able to spend time together inside each other’s home, including overnight, without needing to stay 2 metres apart.

We have made cracking use of social media to do our best to stay in touch with one another, we’ve had quizzes, we’ve had catch ups, virtual dance parties – but for those who have been on their own for such a long time, the ability to now socialise in real life with another person is so important for mental health and wellbeing.

Full information on support bubbles and the new rules is on the GOV.UK website.

Looking after your wellbeing

Public Health England has published guidance for the public on practical steps people can take to look after their mental wellbeing and specific guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak.

PHE has also updated its Every Mind Matters platform with specific advice on maintaining good mental wellbeing during the current situation. This is in addition to useful resources you may have already seen, including World Health Organisation guidance on mental health and psychological resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic and wellbeing information from Mind.

Staying active in your home and getting daily exercise will help both your mental and physical health.

The NHS Live Well website contains lots of information to help you keep fit and healthy.

With life very different at the moment and hard in many ways, Central Bedfordshire Councils' Path to Recovery service is available, and a one-stop service for advice, support, and treatment to those over 18 whose lives are affected by alcohol or drug use.

Vounteers required 

Meppershall Gnomes are in need of volunteers to help our more vulnerable members of society at this time.  If you can help those who need support please email your details to: and we will be in contact with you. 

CBC are also inviting those residents who want to get involved in volunteering to contact them to register their interest, either by the main COVID-19 Contact Centre Helpline – 0300 300 8900, or via an e-form on their website at

Message from HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Helen Nellis

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