Coronavirus - COVID-19 | Central Bedfordshire Council

Coronavirus - COVID-19

Impact on council services

Some of our services are changing to help protect our most vulnerable people from coronavirus.

Planning

Our planning team has had to introduce some changes to the ways they work.

Children’s centres

These centres provide a range of services to families, including various group activities. Given concerns about social distancing and particular advice surrounding pregnant women, the Council will be discontinuing group activities at the centres for the foreseeable future whilst maintaining its important one to one support services to families.

Libraries

Our libraries re-opened on Tuesday 11 August and are currently operating a select and collect service. This sees customers able to request, borrow and return books at libraries, without entering library buildings. Our extensive online service will continue to be offered as normal.

Leisure centres

Our leisure centres run on our behalf by Stevenage Leisure Limited closed from Saturday 19 December. This temporary closure will remain in place until further notice.

Biggleswade skatepark

We’re pleased to announce that Biggleswade Skatepark will re-open on 2 December. We would like to remind you to please follow the guidance in place and take any rubbish home with you.

Our other outdoor spaces including parks, countryside sites, public gardens and outdoor playgrounds remain open with restrictions in place.

Housing

In line with government advice for minimising person-to-person contact, we've put measures in place to conduct repairs and maintenance safely, if they are inside someone’s home.

We've reduced group recreational activities in housing and independent living schemes.

Find out more about the housing changes we've made

Care homes

We are following guidance from the government and the Director of Public Health to enable people to visit relatives and friends in care homes where it is safe to do so. We will also support care home residents to have contact with friends and relatives through technology like Skype where this is possible. Please check with the care home directly to find out what their current visiting arrangements are. Any in-person visits will be by appointment only and strict infection control measures will be in place to protect the people being visited and the other residents in the home.

We are aware of the importance of visits to residents, their friends and relatives and, with the Director of Public Health, we review arrangements regularly to ensure that they are proportionate to the risk of infection.

Day centres

There are no changes to current services as a result of the second national lockdown.

Registration service (including weddings and civil partnerships)

Registration offices are closed with the exception of The Court House, Woburn Street, Ampthill, MK45 2HX, which is open by appointment only.

Find out how our registration services are affected

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