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Get ready for England vs Italy

July 9, 2021 11:00 AM
Originally published by Bedford Borough Liberal Democrats

Euros 2021 Final graphicEngland v Italy is going to be extra special here in Bedford, and Bedford Borough Council and Bedfordshire Police are urging residents to enjoy the match safely.

Rates of Coronavirus have nearly doubled in the last week, with the most recent local figures showing over 200 cases per 100,000 of the population.

We would encourage everyone to watch the game at home with their families- outside if possible, if you are mixing households- or support your local pub or venue and follow the appropriate Coronavirus measures in place to keep everyone safe.

Remember indoors the rule of six is still in place and it's best to open windows/doors as fresh air will help blow Coronavirus particles away.

Mayor Dave Hodgson said "We are all really looking forward to the spectacle that will be the Euro final this Sunday with the men's national side making their first major final since 1966, and it will be extra special event here in Bedford with our proud Italian community. We know that lots of people will be watching the game, seeing friends and family, and maybe supporting their local pub. This is sure to be a great evening, and we are urging everyone to make sure they celebrate safely. Even if you're already vaccinated, get a rapid test before meeting up with people and make sure you're keeping your friends, family and community safe by remembering hands, face, space and fresh air."

Bedfordshire Police Assistant Chief Constable Sharn Basra said: "We will be putting a proportionate policing response in place for Sunday's European Championship final. The past 18 months or so have been tough on all of us and it is fantastic to see the warmth and positivity created by both the England and Italy teams during this championship. We are lucky to live in one of the most diverse areas of the country and we will always celebrate this diversity and the great Anglo-Italian relationship we have in Bedford in particular. We live and work alongside one another every day and while there will be friendly rivalry during Sunday's match, I am sure these exchanges will be good natured, as they have been at every stage of the tournament so far here in Bedfordshire. Please enjoy the match responsibly, get home safe and let's all hope for a fitting finale to what has been a great tournament for both teams."