The areas in Leicester staying in lockdown

Leicester will be the first city in the country to go back into local lockdown.

It 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 30 June.

Schools will close to most pupils from 2 July, and the relaxation of shielding planned for 6 July will not happen.

It comes as the city has seen a spike in coronavirus cases, with 10% of all those recorded in the country in the past week in Leicester.

The County Council have released this map of the areas in Leicester that will remain in lockdown: 

The initial local lockdown zone, which included the City Centre and wider parts of Leicestershire Credit: Leicestershire County Council

The areas of Leicestershire included in the localised lockdown are:

  • In Blaby District:•    Braunstone Town (including Fosse Park)•    Glenfield•    Glen Parva•    Leicester Forest East (East of the M1)•    Thorpe Astley

  • In Charnwood:•    Birstall•    Thurmaston

  • All areas of Oadby and Wigston.

Clearly coronavirus does not adhere to lines on a map. And although county rates are below the national and regional averages, we can’t be complacent and it makes sense to step up restrictions in areas closer to the city.

This is the first localised lockdown on this scale and undoubtedly there will be issues to iron out.

Nick Rushton, Leader of Leicestershire County Council

The release of the map wasn’t without its flaws this morning (30 June).

Just minutes after Leicestershire County Council updated its website with details of the local lockdown, its page went down.

Leicestershire County Council website down

Visitors have been struggling to get access to details of the location and nature of the lockdown. 

Even then, there was controversy overnight as planned limits and restrictions hadn't been communicated to senior officials.

The MP for South Leicestershire didn’t know last night what parts of his constituency would be included in today's list, despite it being almost midnight.

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