Covid-19: Government warns not to travel to or from Bedford as Indian variant cases rise
You should only travel if it's essential
The Government has warned people not to travel in and out of Bedford unless absolutely necessary.
But it has been slammed for amending its website to include the advice without making a widespread announcement.
The guidance, which is for the areas most affected by the Indian variant - Bedford, Blackburn, Bolton, Burnley, Kirklees, Leicester, North Tyneside and Hounslow, was issued on Friday night (May 21) - but even Bedford Borough Council weren't informed of the new Government advice.
As well as telling residents they should keep two metres apart, work from home and meet outdoors - critically, the Government advises residents to avoid travelling in and out of Bedford unless it's essential
The guidance says travelling for work or education – if you cannot work or study from home – is considered essential.
And a Downing Street source denied it was a local lockdown by stealth and added that it was advice, not law.
Meanwhile, Central Beds Council has urged everyone to take extra care.
Council leader Richard Wenham said: "Despite the easing of lockdown, we must not drop our guard. Hands, face, space remain essential and meeting other people outside remains the safest option. If you have to meet up indoors, make sure the place is well ventilated and don’t spend too long inside.
"Another important thing we can all do easily is get tested before you go anywhere you will come into contact with others. If you are going to the pub, a friend's house, a restaurant or the gym take a rapid test before you go."