Leicester Mayor says new lockdown measures are stricter than expected

People in Leicester and its outlying areas will have to follow stricter lockdown restrictions for at least two weeks, with all non-essential shops closing.

This means the city’s bars, restaurants and hairdressers will not open on July 4 as planned, and shops that were allowed to open on 15 June will have to close again from today (30 June).

The changes will also apply to parts of Leicestershire close to the city’s boundaries. A map showing which areas of Leicester and Leicestershire are affected can be seen here.

All schools in these areas will be asked to close for most pupils from Thursday (2 July) and will not reopen until next term. More information will be shared with parents on this today.

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The changes will require new legislation to be drafted before they can be implemented.

The Government has said these measures must be taken in Leicester following a surge in cases in the east of the city over the past two weeks. They will be reviewed two weeks after implementation.

City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said: “These measures are stricter than we anticipated but we understand the need for firm action. 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.”

“We will of course continue to play our part in keeping people in the city safe and healthy.”

The latest figures obtained by the city council show that 3,216 Covid-19 cases have been confirmed in Leicester since the start of the epidemic. Of these, 944 cases were reported in the last two weeks.

These figures include the number of patients and staff testing as positive in hospitals, known as Pillar 1 figures, and positive cases identified in testing centres, known as Pillar 2.

The council did not previously have access to the Pillar 2 data, but this is now being provided on a weekly basis.

Leicester currently has three mobile testing sites in the city in Evington, Spinney Hill Park and Victoria park, and a more permanent facility on the edge of Leicester at the Birstall park and ride site.

An indoor testing centre is due to open today (30 June) at the Highfields Community Centre, and further testing sites are planned.

Anyone in Leicester who has symptoms, or thinks they have been in contact with someone who has, can book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.

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