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Bedfordshire to move to tier 3 (very high level restrictions) due to increasing COVID-19 cases

Thursday, 17 December 2020

Central Bedfordshire is being placed into the tier 3 very high alert level, along with Bedford, Luton and Milton Keynes.

COVID-19 cases in Central Bedfordshire have been increasing since the beginning of December and the data for the last reporting week (week ending 13 December) has more than doubled to 802 new cases in the week (view our COVID-19 figures).

Cases have also been high in Milton Keynes and Luton for some time too.

From Saturday 19 December, when the tier 3 restrictions apply, residents must:

  • not mix with other households indoors
  • only meet people outdoors in open public spaces in groups of up to six
  • reduce their number of journeys, avoid travel outside of the area
  • work from home if possible

Indoor entertainment venues will close as will all pubs and restaurants, although they can provide delivery, takeaway or drive through services. Hotels will also close.

We will be contacting local businesses who are eligible for financial support as part of the tier 3 restrictions.

Councillor James Jamieson, Leader of Central Bedfordshire Council said:

Whilst it appears that the increase in cases in Central Bedfordshire seems to be part of a wider national trend of increasing cases in the south, we need to take action here and to do so urgently.

We all need to play our part in protecting our loved ones, protecting our community and protecting our local businesses and jobs.

It’s hugely disappointing to see the rates in our area going up, and at such an alarming rate when the numbers in our area have been below the regional average for such a long time.

Tier three means hospitability businesses in particular will need to close, and this could be devastating for some of our business and local jobs. Everyone has to take responsibility and do the right thing by sticking to the rules and advice about social distancing, hand washing and wearing face coverings.

As many as 1 in 3 people who have coronavirus have no symptoms; that’s why it spreads so easily.

Everyone needs to limit their interactions with others. Whilst some only experience mild symptoms of the virus, they can pass it on to others who may have underlying conditions or be elderly who are much more likely to be very ill from the virus and we are seeing hospital admissions increasing and sadly people are dying every week.

Vaccinations have begun and there is hope that 2021 will see us all return to some normality but for now, we have to keep up with the efforts to control the virus so that we can protect everyone in our community, particularly those who are most vulnerable.