Leicester lockdown map: What areas are included, and what are the rules?

Ruben Hill
June 30, 2020

Hancock says Leicester's infection rate is 3x higher than the next highest city in the United Kingdom, and although the government had tried "targeted action" at local schools and workplaces, a stronger solution was needed.

The lockdown, which was signed off by Boris Johnson, was a hard decision to make, the Health Secretary said.

This means the city's bars, restaurants and hairdressers will not open on 4 July, unlike the rest of England.

He said in order to control the virus "it requires sacrifices by everybody, we need to do that in Leicester now".

"These Leicester-specific measures will apply not just to the city of Leicester but also the surrounding conurbation including, for example, Oadby, Birstall and Glenfield".

Leicester now has 135 cases per 100,000 people - three times the amount of infections in the next highest city.

After a spike in coronavirus cases in the city, Health Secretary Matt Hancock told MPs that non-essential shops will close from Tuesday and schools will close to most pupils from Thursday.

He added that local action has increasingly been taken by the Government in efforts to limit coronavirus infections.

"Unfortunately, the clinical advice is that the relaxation of shielding measures due on July 6 can not now take place in Leicester".

People are being urged to make essential journeys only and stay at home as much as they can.

A new indoor testing centre will open on Tuesday at the Highfields Community Centre, with further testing sites planned.

The health secretary said he expected its citizens to abide by a voluntary call for them not to leave for neighbouring places, because "they want to get their city back to normal".

Mr Ashworth said people impacted by the Leicester lockdown need "clarity" and not briefings from "over-eager advisers".

The Health Secretary said it was important people in the city follow the new social distancing rules, as they did across the country during the peak.

"Grandparents who had recently formed bubbles to see their grandchildren were asking me whether they had to withdraw again, parents were asking about whether they could send their children to school today".

Meanwhile, Leicester Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said the local officials were "frustrated" by how long it took for the government to present them with the evidence for a second shutdown.

Short of building a wall around the city, there is absolutely no way this is going to work.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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