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Detailed guide: Leicester lockdown: what you can and cannot do

Department Of Health

August 1
15:45 2020

Restrictions will be lifted for the Borough of Oadby and Wigston from 1 August. These areas will return to national social distancing guidelines, other than for clinically extremely vulnerable people who should continue shielding.

Additional businesses and venues will be able to re-open in Leicester City from 3 August. Other restrictions remain in place. The clinically extremely vulnerable should continue to shield.

The next review will take place by 13 August.

A local outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) has been identified in Leicester. The government and local authority are acting together to control the spread of the virus in Leicester and affected surrounding areas.

Read the latest information from Leicester City Council.

Affected local areas

  • Leicester City
  • Blaby District (restrictions lifted on 18 July):
    • Braunstone Town (including Fosse Park)
    • Glenfield
    • Glen Parva
    • Leicester Forest East (east of the M1)
    • Thorpe Astley
  • Charnwood (restrictions lifted on 18 July):
    • Birstall
    • Thurmaston
  • Borough of Oadby and Wigston (all areas) (restrictions to be lifted on 1 August)

Local restrictions

In all affected local areas the advice to shield remains in place. Advice to shield will be paused in Charnwood and Blaby from 17 August. See Leicester City Councils advice on shielding.

In Oadby and Wigston, all other restrictions will be lifted from 1 August in line with the rest of England.

In Leicester City:

  • non-essential shops can now reopen
  • schools and educational settings can now reopen
  • from the 3 August the following can reopen (in line with the national changes of 4 July):
    • restaurants, cafes and workplace canteens
    • bars and pubs
    • hotels, bed and breakfast accommodation, holiday apartments or homes, cottages or bungalows, campsites, caravan parks or boarding houses
    • places of worship
    • libraries
    • community centres
    • social clubs
    • cinemas and bingo halls
    • theatres and concert halls
    • museums and galleries
    • hair salons and barbers
    • outdoor playgrounds and gyms
    • funfairs, theme parks and adventure parks and activities
    • amusement arcades
    • other indoor facilities including indoor games, recreation and entertainment venues
    • model villages
    • indoor attractions at aquariums, zoos, safari parks, farms, wildlife centres
  • leisure centres, gyms and pools must remain closed
  • single-adult households (those who live alone or with dependent children only) can still form a support bubble with one other household (see support bubbles guidance for Leicester)
  • people from different households are still able to meet in a group of up to 6 and only outdoors, provided they follow strict social distancing
  • people must not meet in private homes or gardens (this includes people who live within the area travelling to visit someone who lives outside Leicester)
  • you must not travel outside of this area to meet people in their homes or gardens. You can still travel, but you should only do this with people you live with (or have formed a support bubble with)

Find out how local lockdown affects:

If you have coronavirus symptoms get a test and stay at home.

Published 17 July 2020
Last updated 1 August 2020 +show all updates
  1. Small changes to wording to make the section on local restrictions in Leicester City clearer.

  2. Updated to say that lockdown restrictions will be lifted for the Borough of Oadby and Wigston from 1 August. Updated travel guidance for Leicester City to say that you should not travel outside of this area to meet people in their homes or gardens. You can still travel, but you should only do this with people you live with (or have formed a support bubble with).

  3. Page updated in line with the latest government guidance.

  4. Changed review date to 30 July and added link to Leicester City Council advice on shielding.

  5. Updated to reflect that additional lockdown restrictions have now ended in Charnwood and Blaby, and some restrictions have now been relaxed in Leicester City and the Borough of Oadby and Wigston. However, the advice to shield remains in place in all these areas.

  6. Restructured the guidance to make the restrictions for different areas clearer.

  7. First published.

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