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Increased restrictions for Leicester and parts of Leicestershire

Residents in Leicester and its outlying areas, including Birstall, Thurmaston and Wanlip in Charnwood, are to be asked to continue to follow stricter lockdown restrictions for at least two weeks, and non-essential shops will be closed. More information - including frequently asked questions and a postcode checker - can be found at www.charnwood.gov.uk/restrictions.

Residents in Leicester and its outlying areas, including Birstall, Thurmaston and Wanlip in Charnwood, are to be asked to continue to follow stricter lockdown restrictions for at least two weeks, and non-essential shops will be closed.

Non-essential shops that reopened on June 15 were closed on June 30. Bars, restaurants and hairdressers did not open on July 4. Schools closed from Thursday July 2 except to vulnerable children and children of key workers. They will not reopen until next term.

Within this boundary, restrictions will be put in place pending a review from the Government from July 18.

Leicestershire County Council have have put together frequently asked questions to try to answer your queries and provide further information. This webpage will be updated as additional questions are added:

Frequently asked questions on the Leicester lockdown

A further update and more FAQs were made available on Wednesday, July 8. Read more in this news story.

Leicestershire County Council have also released a postcode checker for those who live on borders and are unsure. Please use the link below:

Use the postcode checker

Some businesses cannot operate in the lockdown area. Use the link below to see which businesses can and cannot operate in the lockdown area.

Check which businesses can and can't open in the lockdown area

Here is the current guidance for people in the lockdown area, including Birstall, Thurmaston and Wanlip and (see map below):

To protect yourself and others

  • Stay at home as much as possible. Leave only for work or essentials (such as food shopping or caring for 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 still form a support bubble with one other household
  • People are still able to meet in a group of up to 6 and only outdoors, provided strict social distancing is followed
  • People in Leicester are recommended to stay at home as much as they can
  • We advise against all but essential travel to, from and within Leicester

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 nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or call 119.

The relaxation of shielding planned for July 6 was postponed.

A map has been published which provides further detail on the lockdown area. Please see below:

Map of Leicestershire - June 2020

A interactive version of the map has also been added as a PDF on the Leicestershire County Council website if you need to zoom in.

Map of the increased lockdown boundary

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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