Recent coronavirus updates
22 JanuaryLatest issue of e-Luton
An e-newsletter has been sent to over 32,000 Luton residents.
21 JanuaryLatest statistics
The COVID-19 cases and deaths in Luton webpage has been updated with latest figures.
16 JanuaryCovid-19 test centres reopening this afternoon
Test centres will reopen 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 JanuaryCovid-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.
Read the latest edition of our digital newsletter e-luton.
11 JanuaryCOVID-19 Vaccine section
We have updated our campaign toolkit and translations page with information on the COVID-19 Vaccine.
Updated COVID-19 information
We have updated the following COVID-19 pages with more updated information.
- Information on coronavirus page
- COVID-19 vaccines page
- Coronavirus testing page
- Latest guidance and health advice page
8 JanuaryCovid-19 resources for children
6 JanuaryLatest 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.
National lockdown poster
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.
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.
- See full details on our Latest guidance and health advice webpage
Schools and educational establishments
We have updated information on our schools and educational establishments page.
3 JanuaryAn 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.
31 DecemberLatest 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
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.
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.
- For more information, visit our Marriages and civil partnerships webpage
Travel ban on passengers travelling from South Africa
The government has implemented a travel ban to protect public health following the South Africa COVID-19 outbreak.
Covid-19 vaccination payment scams
Some elderly residents have been called by fraudsters and asked for payment to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.
- For more information visit our Covid-19 scams webpage
The COVID-19 cases and deaths in Luton webpage has been updated with latest figures.
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.
- Read more here
Updated Coronavirus testing section
We have updated our Coronavirus testing page with more information.
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.
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.
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.
The COVID-19 cases and deaths in Luton page has been updated with latest figures.
Translated coronavirus messages
We have updated information on new translated resources, including some on face coverings.
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.
Coronavirus cases worryingly high
Read more about the current Covid situation and other news in this week’s e-luton.
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 .
New Coronavirus testing section
We have added new Coronavirus testing page with information on rapid testing plus more .
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.
The COVID-19 cases and deaths in Luton page has b een updated with latest figures.
- government places Luton in tier 2: HIGH alert
- latest video message from Luton’s Director of Public Health and the lead councillor for health and wellbeing
Rules for meeting up at Christmas
The government has announced a temporary 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.
PM’s statement for Covid 19 Winter plan outlining next steps post lockdown.
Social distancing guidance
We have uploaded the updates guidance in different languages and alternative formats
New national restrictions translated posters
we have uploaded posters in different languages .
Latest national and local funeral guidance
See the latest national and local advice for those arranging and attending funerals.
New restrictions poster and video
We have added new resources including an new national restrictions BSL video.
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
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).
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.
- Visit our religious, faith groups and places of worship page
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.
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.
New restrictions posters and guidance
We have added new resources including an easy read version for those with learning disabilities.
We have updated our pages with the latest guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable (previously shielding) and clinically extremely vulnerable residents.
Read this important coronavirus message from council leader Hazel Simmons MBE and Lucy Hubber director of public health (interim)
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.