Leicester was the first city to face local lockdown restrictions, following a spike in coronavirus cases across the city and surrounding areas. At the end of June when the lockdown was imposed, Leicester’s coronavirus cases accounted for 10 percent of the UK’s positive COVID-19 cases.
Local councils and government acted to stop the spread of the virus, initially placing Leicester City, Oadby and Wigston, Birstall, Beaumont Leys, Glenfield and South Wigston under strict lockdown conditions.
Non-essential shops were ordered to close in these areas, people could no longer meet in homes or private gardens and leisure centres could not reopen.
These rules have since eased somewhat, with just Leicester City and Oadby and Wigston facing lockdown restrictions.
However, with some parts of Leicester now under lockdown for more than a month longer than the rest of the UK, residents are eager to learn when they will be able to return to normality.
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Is Leicester still in lockdown?
Leicester City and Oadby and Wigston are still in lockdown, with measures stopping individuals from different households meeting in private residences, any hospitality venues, and private gardens.
Socially distanced meetings of up to six people outside are permitted however, with a two-metre distance between different households.
You can still form a support bubble with one other household if you live alone or are a single adult with dependent children.
When is the next lockdown review for Leicester?
According to the Government’s website, the next review on Leicester’s lockdown conditions will take place on Friday, August 14.
Additional businesses and venues have now reopened in Leicester City however other restrictions remain in place.
Leicester City Council tweeted on Thursday to say they would be knocking on doors in some areas offering coronavirus tests.
These areas are
- Rowlatts School area
- Kitchener Road area
- Prospect Road area
- Meryln Vaz Centre area
- Northfields Jubilee Gardens area
- Marfitt Street area
- Shree Sanatan Mandir area
The Government guidance states those classed as clinically extremely vulnerable in the affected areas should continue to shield.
National social distancing guidelines are still in place for the rest of the UK, with face masks mandatory on public transport, in confined public spaces and in shops.