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Coronavirus in Leicester

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Leicester reopening guidance and plan

As businesses begin to reopen and people return to their workplace and retail shopping, we have produced practical advice and guidance based on national government guidelines. We are ensuring the streets are clean and people feel confident to visit. We are also widening narrow pavements for pedestrians, wheelchair and mobility vehicle users where practical. We are continuing to provide signage and information to help people keep a safe distance apart.

Advice and guidance for businesses


Go to gov.uk for full government advice on how to make your workplace COVID-secure

The 12 guides cover a range of different types of work such as restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes and takeaways as well as hairdressers, beauticians, tattooists, guest accommodation and shops. You may need to use more than one of these guides as you think through what you need to do to keep people safe. Further guidance will be published as more businesses are able to reopen.


3 August 2020 - Reopening of hospitality in Leicester

This notice outlines the guidance and regulations to ensure safe reopening of hospitality businesses from 3 August 2020. Please follow COVID-19 secure government guidance at GOV.UK on working safely during coronavirus to minimise the risk of transmission.


24 July 2020 - Reopening non-essential retail in Leicester

This notice outlines the guidance and regulations to ensure safe reopening of non-essential retail and businesses from 24 July. Please follow COVID-19 secure government guidance at GOV.UK on working safely during coronavirus to minimise the risk of transmission.


Stay safe, wear a face covering poster (PDF)

Downloadable face covering poster.


Business reopening support (PDF)

In this guide, we have outlined a range of support to businesses reopening across the city. We are funding some businesses to apply for new temporary café seating licences, made possible by social distancing measures. The guide also provides reopening advice, information on grant funding schemes and other helpful initiatives.


COVID-19 city reopening plan (PDF)

This plan focuses on the reopening of our city centre, neighbourhood business economy and public realm areas.


Advice and guidance for reopening (PDF)

This guidance should be implemented in addition to all legal requirements such as the Health and Safety at work regulations.


Queue management with social distancing (PDF)

This plan supports the guidance around social distancing and queuing whilst in Leicester city centre and its neighbourhoods and acts as a source of guidance for businesses considering these measures.


Health and safety risk assessment template (ODT)

Download the risk assessment template.


Staying COVID-19 secure - display poster (PDF)

Download and display the poster to show customers and staff your business is compliant using the government's checklist.


If you require further advice on ways to safely reopen your premises, you can email us at: enterprisingleicester@leicester.gov.uk