Play areas in Bedford to stay closed due to high rate of infection

People still being urged to stay at home as much as possible

With ongoing concerns about the high infection rate in Bedford, the council has decided children’s play areas will not be opening on Saturday (July 4).

In a statement, Bedford Borough Council said the decision was due to high rate of infection in the town.

Updated signs will be placed on parks this week, and where possible the play areas will be locked and secured.

People still being urged to stay at home as much as possible

Cllr Charles Royden, portfolio holder for environment, said: “We know this will be disappointing for many families, and it is not a decision we have taken lightly. Our top priority is to keep people safe and help slow the spread of the virus and we are asking people to work with us, and respect this ongoing closure.

“When we have the outcome of the deep-dive investigation with Public Health England and the Joint Biosecurity Centre - investigating why rates here are not falling as quickly as other areas - we will look again at this decision and see if it is safe to open our parks.

“Until then, we are continuing to ask people to stay at home as much as possible, keep two metres apart from others, and wash their hands regularly to help slow the virus, and enable us to ease restrictions.”