Residents in Leicester and its outlying areas are to be asked to continue to follow stricter lockdown restrictions for at least two weeks, and non-essential shops will be closed.
This means the city’s bars, restaurants and hairdressers will not open on 4 July as planned, and shops that were allowed to open on 15 June will have to close again from 30 June.
Schools will close from 2 July but will stay open for children of key workers and vulnerable children.
The relaxation of shielding planned for 6 July will not happen.
The changes apply to Leicester city and parts of Leicestershire that touch on the city’s boundaries.
The areas of Leicestershire included in the localised lockdown are:
In Blaby District:
- Braunstone Town (including Fosse Park)
- Glen Parva
- Leicester Forest East (East of the M1)
- Thorpe Astley
Oadby and Wigston
We are working on a postcode checker for those who live on borders and are unsure.
A map has been published which provides further detail. Inside the red line shows the area where increased restrictions are in place.
People are being urged to make essential journeys only and stay at home as much as they can.
In addition to this, the Government has announced extra funding for further targeted communications and engagement in local areas, to encourage people to follow the guidance for hand washing, social distancing, knowing the symptoms and getting tested.
Statement from the Leader of the council
Protecting residents is our main concern and we’re working closely with Leicester City Council and the Government to bring down the number of cases.
Clearly coronavirus does not adhere to lines on a map. And although county rates are below the national and regional averages, we can’t be complacent and it makes sense to step up restrictions in areas closer to the city.This is the first localised lockdown on this scale and undoubtedly there will be issues to iron out. I understand this is disappointing news for residents, parents of schoolchildren and businesses when most of the country is opening back up but it’s crucial that people follow the latest advice. Observing social distancing, handwashing, wearing a face mask where required and getting tested if you have symptoms remain vital.
Our actions play a key role in shaping what happens next and I encourage people to heed the advice and play their part in helping to save lives and livelihoods.
Person:Nick Rushton, leader of Leicestershire County Council