United Kingdom govt to change law to enforce Leicester lockdown

Henrietta Strickland
July 1, 2020

Mr Hancock said the law will be changed in the next "day or two" to close all non-essential shops in Leicester.

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 Leicester South MP said the guidance on essential travel was unclear and there had been "no clarity" on whether businesses in the city would receive financial help.

Leicester's mayor has urged people to "stick together" and stay at home after lockdown restrictions were tightened.

His constituency includes Braunstone Town, a neighbourhood of around 17,000 people, which is separated from the city by the single carriageway Braunstone Lane.

Hancock told Sky News: "We will be bringing forward a legal change very shortly, in the next couple of days, because some of the measures that we've unfortunately had to take in Leicester will require a legal underpinning".

Mr Johnson said "local lockdowns and local whack-a-mole strategies" had "worked in places like Weston", when talking about strategies to deal with coronavirus outbreaks. "And although county rates are below the national and regional averages, we can't be complacent".

In his round of morning media interviews, the health secretary said Keighley in West Yorkshire and the London borough of Enfield had also been on the government's radar for outbreaks but the local authority and government were able to put in "targeted action" that had worked.

Regarding travel restrictions, the Health Secretary said "we will if we have to", but he added he hoped people in the city would "do the right thing".

There are more than 300,000 people in Leicester.

It is reviewing its plans to extend the opening of its own buildings such as libraries, museums and children's centres.

"I am determined that we will make this work and to minimise the time these additional measures need to be in place in the city".

Leicester are scheduled to host Crystal Palace at the King Power Stadium on Saturday. "We thought it was important for racing and for Leicester that we went ahead".

"Then we have the opportunity to play those matches elsewhere or postpone them until a date when it is safe to do so".

"The Prime Minister is suggesting Weston was closed - far from it".

He is expected to say: "This is a Government that is wholly committed not just to defeating coronavirus but to using this crisis finally to tackle this country's great unresolved challenges of the last three decades".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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