Increased restrictions for Leicester and parts of Leicestershire announced

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

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

Schools will close from 2 July but will stay open for children of key workers and vulnerable children. The relaxation of shielding planned for 6 July will not happen.

Areas affected

The changes apply to Leicester city and parts of Leicestershire that touch on the city’s boundaries.

The areas of Leicestershire included in the localised lockdown are:

Blaby district:

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

Charnwood:

  • Birstall
  • Thurmaston

Oadby and Wigston

  • All areas

Leicestershire County Council has created a postcode checker for those who live on borders and are unsure.

If you live on the border of Leicester City and Harborough District, or on the border of Oadby & Wigston and Harborough District, and are still unsure after checking your postcode whether you're in the lockdown area, check your council tax bill. If you pay your council tax to Harborough District Council you're not in the lockdown area.

The map below provides further detail. Inside the red line shows the area where increased restrictions are in place. People are being urged to make essential journeys only and stay at home as much as they can.

map showing restrictions in Leicester

In addition to this, 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.

Leicester City Council has produced a list of commonly asked questions which you may find helpful. Leicestershire County Council has also produced some Frequently Asked Questions in response to enquiries they have been receiving.

The information above has been provided by Leicestershire County Council. We will update this page regularly. You can also check Leicestershire County Council’s websiteand Leicester City Council’s website and social media profiles.