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Increased restrictions for Leicester and parts of Leicestershire

Our Customer Service Centre on Southfield Road is now open for essential enquiries by appointment only. Please be aware that from August 8 it is mandatory for face coverings to be worn on the premises. More information, including how to make an appointment, in this news story.

Areas of Charnwood are no longer in the Leicester lockdown zone.

These areas including Birstall, Wanlip and Thurmaston returned to national social distancing guidelines from July 18. 

Find out what restrictions are in place if you live, work or travel in the Leicester area during the local outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) at the Government website.

If you're checking to see if you're part of the revised lockdown area which the Secretary of State announced on 16 July - the simplest way to check is: if you pay your council tax to Leicester City Council or Oadby and Wigston Borough Council, you'll remain inside the lockdown boundary from 18 July 2020.

For more information about the Leicester lockdown please visit the Leicestershire County Council website.

Here is the current guidance for people in the Leicester lockdown area.

To protect yourself and others

  • Keep 2 metres apart from people outside of your household at all times
  • Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser
  • Always wear a face-covering when on public transport or in any confined public space, including workplaces where 2m social distancing is not possible
  • single-adult households (those who live alone or with dependent children only) can form a support bubble with one other household
  • People are able to meet in a group of up to 6 and only outdoors, provided strict social distancing is followed
  • We advise against all but essential travel to, from and within the new Leicester lockdown boundary.

Get tested

  • If you have symptoms of coronavirus or you’ve been in close contact with someone who has had symptoms, please get tested as soon as you can.

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • high temperature
  • continuous new cough
  • loss of smell
  • loss of taste

Book your test online at or call 119.


If you live in areas that were included in the original Leicester lockdown and are currently shielding, the government is writing to you to advise that you that your shielding status will continue until 17 August and thereafter will be paused.

Areas included in the original lockdown in Charnwood:

  • Birstall
  • Thurmaston
  • Wanlip

If you live in any of the above areas, you can expect to receive a letter in the post, and in some cases a text, to give you three weeks’ notice that your shielding status will be paused on August 17. 

Letters will be distributed week commencing July 27. 

Government’s letter to residents who’s shielding status will be paused

A map of the revised Leicester lockdown boundary has been published which provides further detail on the new lockdown area from July 18. Please see below:

Revised Lockdown Boundary

A PDF version that you can zoom into can be found on the link below:

Map of revised Leicester lockdown boundary from 18 July

The Government has announced extra funding for further targeted communications and engagement in local areas, to encourage people to follow the guidance for hand washing, social distancing, knowing the symptoms and getting tested.

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