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Recent coronavirus updates

13 April

Central Library rapid test centre closed
Our Central Library rapid test centre has had to close on account of a water leak and may remain closed tomorrow morning to enable repair works. We will post an update when it reopens. Apologies for the inconvenience.

12 April​​​​

Latest issue of e-Luton

Our regular e-newsletter, e-Luton, has been sent to over 32,000 Luton residents today.

12 April​​

Mobile rapid testing bus

The mobile rapid testing bus will be coming to your area soon to make testing even easier.
April dates and venues:

  • Thursday 15 and Friday 16, Wigmore District Car Park, Wigmore Lane, LU2 9TA
  • Tuesday 20, Club Lewsey, Pastures Way, LU4 0PF
  • Thursday 22 and 29, Inspire, Luton Sports Village, Butterfield Green Road, LU2 8DD

For more information see our Coronavirus testing page .

12 April​​

Latest guidance and health advice

Some of the rules on what you can and cannot do changed on 12 April. However, many restrictions remain in place. You must not socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with, unless you have formed a support bubble with them, or another exemption applies. You should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the number of journeys you make where possible Read more latest guidance and health advice.

You can read the COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021 (the roadmap) for more information on how COVID-19 restrictions will be eased in England. It is underpinned by law.

1 April​​

Residents urged not to be complacent to​ Covid-19 regulations over the Easter weekend

People across Bedfordshire are being urged not to become complacent and continue to play their part in ensuring cases of Covid continue to fall. Read more.

31 March​​​

Latest guida​nce and health advice

We have updated our Clinically extremely vulnerable and clinically vulnerable groups section with further guidance.

30 March​​​

We’ve added new videos to our Vaccines page.

Religious festivals guidance. Religious festivals guidance.​

We have put together the latest guidance and advice for forthcoming religious festivals, holy days and celebrations in Luton during the COVID-19 pandemic.

29 March​​​

England is no longer in lockdown but Coronavirus restrictions remain in place.

Find out what you can and cannot do.

​19 March​​

Latest issue of e-Luton

Our regular e-newsletter, e-Luton, has been sent to over 32,000 Luton residents today

8 March​​

Latest guidance and health advice

We have updated our Latest guidance (including lockdown rules) section with further guidance.

5 March

Latest issue of e-Luton
Our regular e-newsletter, e-Luton, has been sent to over 32,000 Luton residents today.

 

2 March​​

Mobile testing bus​

For a trial period a mobile COVID-19 rapid testing bus will be available in areas of Luton.

26 February​​

Latest issue of e-Luton

An e-newsletter has been sent to over 32,000 Luton residents.

24 February​​

Schools reopening in March 2021

The prime minister has announced that schools will reopen to all pupils from 8 March 2021.

22 February​

Vaccine video urges residents to ‘take the jab’
A powerful new video to urge people to take the Covid-19 vaccine has been produced with widespread support from communities throughout Luton.

 

Watch the video

19 February​

Read about updates to the latest guidance and health advice for high and medium risk medical conditions.

​18 February​

Latest statistics
The COVID-19 cases and deaths in Luton webpage has been updated with latest figures.

12 February​​​

Latest issue of e-Luton

An e-newsletter has been sent to over 32,000 Luton residents.

10 February​​

Video messages from NHS London

Doctors, nurses and other frontline staff about the importance of getting a COVID-19 vaccine in various languages.

8 February​​

PPE for unpaid carers

If you are an unpaid carer, find out how you can request for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

8 February​​

Vaccination update​​

We have updated our vaccine page with further guidance for frontline social care workers on COVID-19 vaccine deployment.

5 February​​

Latest issue of e-Luton​

An e-newsletter has been sent to over 32,000 Luton residents.

1 February​​

Updated CO​VID-19 information​

We have updated the following COVID-19 pages with more information.

22 January​​

Latest issue of e-Luton​

An e-newsletter has been sent to over 32,000 Luton residents.

21 January​

Latest statistics

The COVID-19 cases and deaths in Luton webpage has been updated with latest figures.

16 January​​

Covid-19 test centres reopening this afternoon

Test centres will reo​pen at the following times:

  • Lewsey Community Centre: 1.30pm
  • Farley Community Centre: 2pm
  • Luton Central Library: 2pm

 

The original decision was made at 6.30am when it was snowing, for the safety of residents and staff. Clearly the weather has improved so we've made the decision to reopen.

16 January

Covid-19 test centres closed

Due to snow and for the safety of the public and our staff, our rapid test centres at Lewsey and Farley community centres and at Luton Central Library are closed today.

15 January

Read the latest edition of our digital newsletter e-luton.​

11 January​​

COVID-19 Vaccine section

We have updated our campaign toolkit and translations page with information on the COVID-19 Vaccine.

11 January​​

Updated COVID-19 information

We have updated the following COVID-19 pages with more updated information.

8 January

Covid-19 resources for children​

We have updated our toolkit page with information on a new website, Storicise that helps children better understand COVID19 testing and how to stay safe during the pandemic.

6 January​​

Latest issue of e-Luton and news article

An e-newsletter has been sent to over 32,000 Luton residents and a news article was released regarding the national lockdown.

5 January

Nurseries and early years settings
We've sought further clarification on lockdown arrangements and we expect all nurseries and early years providers to remain open but they must prioritise places for vulnerable children and children of ‘critical’ workers.

Parents and guardians with any queries should contact their relevant nursery or early years provider.

The government has also stated that schools will only remain open for limited numbers of children. This is because limiting attendance reduces the number of contacts that all of us have with people in other households. 

In Luton, we believe decisions should be made a local level and that we should reduce the number of children in nurseries and early years settings to combat the spread of Covid-19. Individual settings should provide remote learning support and keep in touch with families.

Under the national lockdown, only a limited number of people are allowed to leave home to work. The guidance here defines who are vulnerable children and ‘critical’ workers​.

We'll continue to provide support to nurseries and early years settings to carry out robust risk assessments in order to identify how many children they can safely cater for.

5 January
National lockdown poster​​

Download the poster for national lockdown guidance below:

5 January

School closures

Other than in exceptional circumstances (such as public exams), all schools and settings in Luton are currently open for vulnerable children and children of critical workers only. All other children will be undertaking remote learning at home.

Please see the school's website for more details.

See school closures page​.

4 January

National lockdown
The prime minister has announced tonight another national lockdown in place as of 4 January. This means you must stay at home, apart from limited exemptions.

4 January

Schools and educational ​establishments
We have updated information on our schools and educational establishments page.

3 January​​​

An update on primary schools, Sunday 3 January, 8.30pm

We have written to the government requesting that urgent reconsideration be given to the national decision that primary schools in Luton should reopen this week. The government has indicated it will consider our request this week so we have written to all primary school headteachers in Luton today outlining our full support for any decision they make this week, based on their individual risk assessments and likely staffing levels.

Whatever decision is made by individual schools, all schools will be open for vulnerable children and children of key workers. There will be no fines in Luton at present for any parents who choose to keep their child at home.

Read our full statement.

31 December​​

Latest issue of e-Luton

An e-newsletter has been sent to over 32,000 Luton residents highlighting the key message for Luton: tier 4 (stay at home).

Update to schools page following announcement by Department of Education on change to school reopening dates for Spring Term

30 December

Following the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock’s update this afternoon, Luton continues to remain in Tier 4. Numbers continue to remain dangerously high in Luton, so please play your part and follow the tier 4 restrictions.

30 December

Marriage or civil partnership ceremonies cancelled​
Unfortunately, due to the government’s recent announcement that Luton is now in Tier 4, we are unable to hold marriage or civil partnership ceremonies until further notice.

24 December

Travel ban on pass​engers travelling from South Africa
The government has implemented a travel ban to protect public health following the South Africa COVID-19 outbreak.

24 December

Covid-19 vaccination payment scams
Some elderly residents have been called by fraudsters and asked for payment to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.​

24 December​

Latest statistics
The COVID-19 cases and deaths in Luton webpage has been updated with latest figures.

23 December

Residents urged to follow restrictions to stop Covid-19 spread over the Christmas period
Local Authorities, Bedfordshire Police and health bosses across Bedfordshire and Luton are urging everyone to follow Tier 4 rules across the Christmas period as Covid-19 cases rise sharply across the region.

22 December

Updated Coronavirus testing section​​

We have updated our Coronavirus testing page with more information.

22 December

Luton’s Deputy Director of Public ​Health video

21 December

Contact your local NHS if you​ need to
NHS in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes have issued a statement to remind people that their services are still open for patients during the new tier 4 new restrictions.

During the last wave of the pandemic we know some people didn’t always come forward with health concerns so it’s important to remember that the NHS is still open for patients.

New Covid-19 virus variant
The government has published new information about the new Covid-19 virus variant. They have confirmed that is seems to be spreading quicker than previous variants but there is no evidence that it makes people sicker or that the vaccines won’t be effective on it.

20 December

Tier 4 updates for businesses
We've updated our business pages with information on which businesses must be closed under tier 4 (stay at home) restrictions.
 
See details on support and grants available to businesses affected by the government’s Covid-19 restrictions.

20 December

Latest issue of e-Luton
An e-newsletter has been sent to over 32,000 Luton residents highlighting the key message for Luton: tier 4 (stay at home).​

20 December

Shielding has been reintroduced
Those who are classed as clinically extremely vulnerable are advised to only leave home for exercise or for health appointments.
 
You can register your details with the National Shielding Service to get to get access to priority supermarket delivery slots and help with prescriptions.
 

18 December

Tier 4 advice and guidance has been added to our website
The coronavirus latest guidance and health advice page has been updated with tier 4 information, which comes into effect at midnight tonight (Friday 18 December). Please make sure you've read and understood the new tier 4 restrictions.

18 December​

COVID-19 vaccines
We've added a page of commonly asked questions relating to COVID-19 vaccines.

17 December

Luton moves up to Covid19 tier 3 (VERY HIGH alert) from Saturday 19 December

Luton moves up to Covid19 tier 3 (VERY HIGH alert) from Saturday 19 December, please read more information before the changes start.

17 December

Latest statistics​

The COVID-19 cases and deaths in Luton page has been updated with latest figures.

15 December

Translated coronavirus messages

We have updated information on new translated resources, including some on face coverings.

14 December

Business support grants

Three grants are now available including the Additional Restrictions Grant which supports businesses including those which supply the retail, hospitality, travel and leisure sectors, or those in events and aviation and also those outside the business rates system. There are also two Local Restriction Support Grants.

11 December​​

Coronavirus cases worryingly high

Read more about the current Covid situation and other news in this week’s e-luton.

​4 December

Luton now in tier 2: High Alert​

Read more about our tier 2: High Alert and plus more COVID-19 information in our e-luton newsletter .

4 December

New Coronavirus testing section​

We have added new Coronavirus testing page with information on rapid testing plus more .

3 December

3 December

As non-essential shops are re-opening, parking restrictions in residential areas and car park charges are now reinstated.

Resident Permit Holders will be provided with extensions on any current permits equivalent to the lockdown period.

Visit our parking page to find out more.

3 December

Latest statistics
The COVID-19 cases and deaths in Luton page has b een updated with latest figures.

1 December

The council’s coronavirus section and the latest advice and guidance page has been updated to reflect Luton now being a Covid-19 tier 2 high-alert area.

27 November​

Luton to be in Tier 2 from 2 December

26 November

National lockdown restrictions still apply
The current nationwide restrictions to stay at home as much as possible will apply until Wednesday 2 December.
 
It has been announced today that after this, Luton will be designated a tier 2 (HIGH alert) category by central government. A full list of the tier 2 guidelines are available at GOV.UK.
 
See:

25 November

Rules for meeting up at Christmas

The government has announced a tempo​rary relaxation of restrictions between 23 to 27 December to allow up to three households or bubbles to come together at Christmas.

For more information, please see the following guidance on the UK Government website.

24 November

PM's statement​

PM’s ​statement for Covid 19 Winter plan outlining next steps post lockdown.

17 November​

Social distancing guidance​

We have uploaded the updates guidance in different languages and alternative formats

17 November

New national restrictions translated posters ​

we have uploaded posters in different languages .

13 November

Latest national and local funeral guidance

See the latest national and local advice for those arranging and attending funerals.

11 November

New restrictions poster and video​

We have added new resources including an ​new national restrictions BSL video.

11 November

Councillors help taxi and private hire trade keep safe

Councillors Javed Hussain, Khtija Malik and Abbas Hussain recently distributed sanitisers and face coverings to taxi and private hire trade drivers

11 November

Luton's coronavirus cases rising at an alarming rate

Luton’s coronavirus cases rising at an alarming rate. A joint statement from councillor Khtija Malik, portfolio holder for public health and Lucy Hubber, Director of Public Health (interim).

11 November

Religious, faith groups and places of worship update

We have updated our pages with the latest guidance for the safe use of places of worship.

6 November

Lifting of some parking restrictions

Due to the new national restrictions we have lifted parking charges in council off-street pay and display car parks and enforcement of regulations that apply to resident only parking places. All other restrictions remain in place, for example single and double lines, red routes, bus lanes, loading bays and on school entrance markings.

6 November

The Vale

Due to the new national restrictions the cemetery is unfortunately closed to visitors except those who need access to attend a funeral or burial, attend a commemorative events celebrating the life of a person who has died, or to pay respects to a member of their household, a family member or friend. The book of remembrance will be closed during this period.

5 November

New restrictions posters and guidance​

We have added new resources including an easy read version for those with learning disabilities.

5 November

We have updated our pages with the latest guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable (previously shielding) and clinically extremely vulnerable residents.

4 November

Read this important coronavirus message from council leader Hazel Simmons MBE and Lucy Hubber director of public health (interim)

1 November

New coronavirus measures
The prime minister has announced tough new measures for England, to take effect from 00.01hrs on Thursday 5 November. We've summarised the key changes on our advice and guidance page.
 
Luton’s covid high-alert (tier 2) restrictions remain in place until then.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
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