Leicester travel ban is on the table, says Health Secretary

Ruben Hill
June 30, 2020

"I want everyone in Leicester to know that we've taken every one of these decisions to protect them from this bad virus", he added.

Non-essential shops will close, schools will shut to most pupils and people are being advised to stay at home wherever possible.

"As children have been particularly impacted by this outbreak, schools will also need to close from Thursday, staying open for vulnerable children and children of critical workers as they did throughout".

Mr Hancock said the easing of the lockdown planned for the rest of England on July 4 can not happen in Leicester because of rising cases.

"On shops, the non-essential retail, we will be closing them by law and changing the law in the next day or two to put that into effect", Mr Hancock said. Alongside the easing of these national restrictions, we've increasingly taken local action.

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.

Concerns over Leicester have mounted in recent days following the increase in cases, though there has been some confusion as to the government's intentions following a weekend of mixed messages that appeared to come as a surprise to local officials.

"We are concerned about Leicester, we are concerned about any local outbreak", Prime Minister Boris Johnson said earlier Monday while on a visit to a construction site in London.

Hancock said the government was still analyzing the exact reasons behind the rise of cases in Leicester.

"We do not take these decisions lightly but with the interests of the people of Leicester in our hearts".

The city's mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said: "These measures are stricter than we anticipated but we understand the need for firm action".

"Actually policing it is going to be something of a challenge until we know actually what the area is to be policed". "As yet, we don't". The government, which sets the coronavirus response for England, has said it won't hesitate to reimpose lockdown restrictions on a specific region in the event of a local outbreak.

They will be reviewing this in two weeks time.

Labour's shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds said it is important that "lessons are learned from what's happened in Leicester".

The people of Leicester have been told to remain at home.

"We can't have that lengthy delay occurring again".

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