Wednesday, October 21, 2020

What are the Covid restrictions, and when will it end?

What restrictions are being lifted, and when is the next review?

Leicester became the first city in Britain to be placed in a local lockdown on June 29, after public health officials voiced concern at the city’s alarming rise in Covid-19 cases. 

The city was looking forward to a reprieve on their restrictions until new rules were introduced for the whole country that ban people socialising in groups of more than six.

The Government had announced that parts of the city would be released from lockdown, while a “targeted” approach would see pockets remain under tighter restrictions. 

On September 8, some businesses and venues were allowed to reopen. However, some restrictions remain.

The restrictions for the city were updated on September 11. The next review will take place by 24 September.

Here’s everything you need to know about the lockdown in Leicester. 

What restrictions have been lifted?

Nail bars, outdoor pools and beauty salons have opened in Leicester in a relaxation of the local lockdown after a drop in Covid-19 cases.

Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, said: “My gratitude goes out to the people of Leicester who have all made sacrifices to keep the virus at bay and protect their local communities.

Restrictions on gatherings in private homes and gardens will be reduced to six people but there are relaxations for some businesses including tanning booths, spas and massage and tattoo parlours.

Public spaces – including restaurants, bars, places of worship, libraries, community centres, outdoor playgrounds and gyms – are open. Indoor dance studios and swimming pools, including water parks, are also allowed to reopen. 

From 15 September, casinos, skating rinks, bowling alleys, indoor play areas and exhibition centres and conference halls will also open their doors. 

Joining the list on that day will be indoor performances and wedding receptions for up to 30 people. 

Funerals and team sports are exempt from the six person rule but numbers must also be kept to below 30. 

Restrictions were lifted for the Borough of Oadby and Wigston on August 3.

Residents in these areas returned to national social distancing guidelines, with the exception of clinically ill and vulnerable individuals who were advised to keep shielding.  

What areas are included in Leicester’s lockdown?

On June 30, the official map of the lockdown boundaries was released with areas such as Birstall, Beaumont Leys, Glenfield and South Wigston all included.

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