Leicester lockdown rules: What are the Covid restrictions, and when will it end?

Parts of the city will be released from lockdown, while a 'targeted' approach will see pockets remain under tighter restrictions

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The updated map showing the boundaries of Leicester's lockdown

Leicester became the first city in Britain to be placed in a local lockdown on June 29, after public health officials voiced concern at the city’s alarming rise in Covid-19 cases. 

The city was looking forward to a reprieve on their restrictions until new rules were introduced for the whole country that ban people socialising in groups of more than six.

The Government had announced that parts of the city would be released from lockdown, while a “targeted” approach would see pockets remain under tighter restrictions. 

On September 8, some businesses and venues were allowed to reopen. However, some restrictions remain.

The restrictions for the city were updated on September 11. The next review will take place by 24 September.

Here’s everything you need to know about the lockdown in Leicester. 

What restrictions have been lifted?

Nail bars, outdoor pools and beauty salons have opened in Leicester in a relaxation of the local lockdown after a drop in Covid-19 cases.

Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, said: "My gratitude goes out to the people of Leicester who have all made sacrifices to keep the virus at bay and protect their local communities.

Restrictions on gatherings in private homes and gardens will be reduced to six people but there are relaxations for some businesses including tanning booths, spas and massage and tattoo parlours.

Public spaces - including restaurants, bars, places of worship, libraries, community centres, outdoor playgrounds and gyms - are open. Indoor dance studios and swimming pools, including water parks, are also allowed to reopen. 

From 15 September, casinos, skating rinks, bowling alleys, indoor play areas and exhibition centres and conference halls will also open their doors. 

Joining the list on that day will be indoor performances and wedding receptions for up to 30 people. 

Funerals and team sports are exempt from the six person rule but numbers must also be kept to below 30. 

Restrictions were lifted for the Borough of Oadby and Wigston on August 3.

Residents in these areas returned to national social distancing guidelines, with the exception of clinically ill and vulnerable individuals who were advised to keep shielding.  

What areas are included in Leicester's lockdown?

On June 30, the official map of the lockdown boundaries was released with areas such as Birstall, Beaumont Leys, Glenfield and South Wigston all included.

What are the current rules?

Residents within the affected areas can meet up to six people outside of their household, providing that 2-metre social distancing rules are observed. 

However, individuals are not allowed to stay overnight in another household that is not in their support bubble or meet with individuals within a private garden. 

Single-adult households (those who live alone or with dependent children only) can still form a support bubble with one other household.

Leisure centres, gyms and pools must remain closed within the area, while retail stores were reopened on July 24.

Why is Leicester subject to a local lockdown?

In June, health officials in Leicester reported an increasing number of infections within the city. 

In the two weeks leading up to June 23, for example, Leicester City Council reported 944 positive coronavirus tests.

A few days later, Mr Hancock revealed the city’s seven-day infection rate was "three times higher than the next highest city", and in the week before the city accounted for 10 per cent of all positive Covid-19 cases throughout the country. 

The Health Secretary said that targeted action at hot spots such as schools and workplaces, had failed to reduce the number of infections and as a result "broader measures" such as a localised lockdown were needed. 

When will the lockdown be reviewed?

The next review will take place by 24 September.

What other changes will be implemented throughout the city? 

Mr Hancock announced that extra testing facilities - including increased home testing kits and a walk-in test centre - will be made available to residents. 

Meanwhile the city will be given "extra funding" to improve public health messaging within Leicester. 

What about local lockdowns in other areas?

The Government imposed new restrictions on the areas of Merseyside, Warrington, Halton and Lancashire on Friday, September 18. 

Similar restrictions were also announced for Wolverhampton and Oadby & Wigston in the Midlands, along with the areas of Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale in West Yorkshire. 

From Tuesday, September 22 onwards, residents in these areas will no longer be allowed to socialise with other people outside of their own households or their support bubble in private homes and gardens. 

Birmingham, Greater Manchester, Bolton and parts of the North East are also among the areas under local lockdown. 

Read more: What are the lockdown rules in North East England, Wales, Glasgow and Northern Ireland?

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