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COVID-19 Guidance

The NHS in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes, in partnership with Public Health England, have put in place measures to keep all patients and NHS staff safe while ensuring services remain available to the public.

For the latest information on Covid-19 see: www.gov.uk/coronavirus


Coronavirus restrictions

As of the 12th April the national Coronavirus restrictions guidance has changed.

Leaving home:

  • non-essential retail can reopen.
  • personal care services such as hairdressers and nail salons can reopen, including those provided from a mobile setting.
  • outdoor hospitality venues can reopen, with table service only.
  • indoor leisure and sports facilities can reopen for individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubble.
  • indoor leisure and sports facilities can reopen for individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubble
  • all childcare and supervised activities are allowed indoors (as well as outdoors) for all children. Parent and child groups can take place indoors (as well as outdoors) for up to 15 people (children under 5 will not be counted in this number).
  • you can meet outdoors either in a group of 6 (from any number of households), or in a group of any size from up to 2 households (a household can include an existing support bubble, if eligible)

you should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the amount that you travel where possible.

School pupils and students in further education should attend school and college.

Students in university and other higher education settings undertaking practical and practice based courses who require specialist equipment and facilities can attend in-person teaching and learning where reasonably necessary. Providers should not ask students to return if their course can reasonably be continued online.


Meeting others:

You must not meet indoors with anybody you do not live with or have formed a support bubble with (if you are eligible), or another legal exemption applies.

You can exercise outdoors in a group of 6 or a larger group of any size from up to 2 households (including their support bubbles, if eligible).

You can meet up outdoors with friends and family you do not live with, either:

  • in a group of up to 6 from any number of households (children of all ages count towards the limit of 6)
  • in a group of any size from up to two households (each household can include an existing support bubble, if eligible)

Self-contained accommodation can stay open for overnight stays in England with your household or support bubble.

You should stay 2 metres apart from anyone who is not in your household or support bubble where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings) if you cannot stay 2 metres apart.

Detailed guidance on the national lockdown is available on the government website here.


Hands, Face, Space

You should follow the guidance on how to stop the spread of coronavirus at all times, including if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

  • Wash hands – keep washing your hands regularly
  • Cover face – wear a face covering in enclosed spaces
  • Make space – stay at least 2 metres apart – or 1 metre with a face covering or other precautions

If you need the Hands, Face, Space guidance in easy read, please click here.

Further guidance on social distancing and protecting people who are at high-risk is available here. The government has also released guidance on how to stay safe outside your home.

If you have a medical condition which makes you extremely vulnerable to coronavirus, you can register online, whether or not you need support.