We are reminding people to Stay Home, Save Lives this weekend.  The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives. You should only leave the house for very limited purposes:- shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.- one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household.- any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.- travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home. You can visit your local park or green space to get some exercise, or go for a walk but please remember to stay 2m away from other people while you are there. We have closed all of our play areas, including skate parks, outdoor gyms and tennis courts. Where we can, these have been physically locked and signs have been put in place to let people know that these areas are closed. Please don’t ignore the signs. Help us to tackle the spread of coronavirus and if you do go out, keep apart and use social distancing.
Look After Yourself
What everyone is being asked to do- stay at home- is really important. But we know it can impact on your health, and it’s really important to take care of our minds and bodies. Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service has created a list of Top Tips for your mental wellbeing, these include:1. Connect with others- stay connected by email, social media, video calls, and telephone2. Be active3. Take notice and focus on the present4. Stick to the facts and limit your news intake5. Have a routine6. Keep your mind active 
Find out more and get support from the Service via their website.
There is also advice or looking after your mental health from the NHS at their Every Mind Matters website. 
To help you stay in, stay safe, and stay fit our Sports Development Team  have launched a range of free online fitness classes to keep residents moving and promote wellbeing whilst at home. You can find these classes at Bedford Sport Live. 
There is a wide range of online services and resources available through the Virtual Library – including e-books, audio books and e-magazines. Anyone can join and you don’t have to be an existing library member – just visit our Libraries website.  
Do You Need Help, or Can You Help?
We have set up a Community Hub to support those Bedford Borough residents who are most in need of help. This means residents in self-isolation who have no family or friends locally to help them with shopping or collecting prescriptions. 
The Community Hub will deliver basic food parcels to these residents. The Hub will also collect and deliver essential prescriptions and offer a friendly link with the outside world. 
Find out more, and either ask for help or volunteer to help on our dedicated webpage.
Keeping You Updated
For updates on what’s happening locally, visit our dedicated coronavirus webpage: www.bedford.gov.uk/covid19 
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This bulletin has been sent to you by Bedford Borough Council Borough Hall Cauldwell Street Bedford MK42 9AP

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