Residents urged to stay home as pandemic set to hit Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire Police has issued a joint statement with partners across the country, including Luton Council, about the expected increase in local coronavirus cases and announced they will be stepping up patrols to ensure people are sticking to the national guidelines.
The government has shared guidance for shielding for those who face the highest risk of being hospitalised by the virus to stay at home and protect themselves from others.
GOV.UK has published guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK and protecting older people and vulnerable adult. This applies to everyone in the UK and advises on social distancing measures we should all be taking to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus.
Offers of help are coming in from across the community. If you feel you can offer help to someone who needs it, such as elderly residents, pregnant women and vulnerable families, please complete this form.
We can put you in touch with trusted groups working in your area who are supporting the needs of local people.
Our call centre is experiencing a high volume of calls, so please help us to help the most vulnerable in our community.
If you're a vulnerable person - aged over 70 and/or with underlying health conditions – and require urgent help, please contact 01582 547659.
Anyone else needing assistance of any kind at this time is urged to click the link below to see a list of trusted help networks operating in your area.
It includes information and links to guidance documents about :
educational provision for vulnerable children and children of key workers
the closure of educational settings
free school meals arrangements
the cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A levels
travel guidance for educational settings
social distancing in education and childcare settings
From Monday 23 March almost all mainstream education provisions will be open for children of key workers and vulnerable children. Parents should contact their child’s school should they have any queries regarding their eligibility to have their child cared for at school. Please visit the school closure page for regular updates of any closures.
Lots of new information has been announced for businesses on the GOV.UK website, including the closure of many establishments. We’ve also published more localised information specifically for Luton. See these links.
Domestic abuse We know that staying at home may cause an increase in domestic abuse. This is not acceptable, no matter what stresses you're under. If you or anyone you know it as risk, please see our domestic abuse resource page for support available during the coronavirus crisis.
We're speaking regularly with faith groups across the town who have an important role to play in raising awareness of the key messages on hand washing, social distancing and self-isolation in order to prevent further spread of the virus within our communities.
We are hosting weekly teleconferences with faith groups to pass on the latest advice and guidance and to support them to get these vital messages disseminated.
We've provided information and links aimed at faith groups and are encouraging people to share this information within their congregations and communities.