Coronavirus in Leicester

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Coronavirus in Leicester: latest advice

We must all take action to help stop the spread of coronavirus. Play your part. Protect your community. If you get symptoms, get a test. If you are contacted, take the test.

Further information

The government has confirmed a gradual easing of the lockdown restrictions in Leicester. The city’s infection rate is less than half what it was in late June, with 64 per 100,000 people in the week up to 23 July. However, some measures must stay in place to ensure that this rate continues to come down.

From Friday 31 July you can leave the lockdown area and make non-essential journeys (but you cannot stay away overnight until Monday 3 August when new regulations take effect). You cannot visit other people’s homes (either indoors or private gardens) unless you have formed a single adult support bubble with them. You can still meet up to six people from other households outdoors in a public place.

From Monday 3 August cafés, bars, pubs, and restaurants can open, as well as hair salons, barbers, cinemas and other facilities.

Leisure centres, gyms, and pools will remain closed. The council will open outdoor gyms soon, but playgrounds will remain closed. Please see our FAQs for more detailed information.

The lockdown area will no longer apply to Oadby and Wigston from Monday 3 August.

The advice in Leicester is still:

  • Stay at home as much as possible
  • Continue to work from home if you can
  • Stay 2m apart from anyone you do not live with
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Limit your contact with other people
  • Wear a face mask on buses, in shops, in hospitals and in any confined space
  • Don’t meet up with people in their homes or in any indoor space
  • Book a test and self-isolate as soon as symptoms appear
  • If you test positive, continue to stay at home for at least 10 days and until you feel better. Members of your household should stay at home for 14 days.

Find answers to common questions on the Leicester lockdown

If you have symptoms of coronavirus or you’ve been in close contact with someone who has had symptoms, please get tested as soon as you can.

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • high temperature
  • continuous new cough
  • loss of smell
  • loss of taste.

Book your test online at or call 119.

We currently have test centres open at:

  • Bede Park piazza (walk-in)
  • Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre (indoors, walk-in)
  • Birstall Park and Ride (permanent site – drive through only)
  • Birkett House School, Wigston
  • County Hall, Glenfield (mobile unit – drive through)
  • Highfields Centre (walk-in)
  • New Parks Children, Young People and Family Centre, Pindar Road
  • Overton Road (walk-in)
  • Parklands Leisure Centre, Oadby (mobile unit – drive through)
  • Spence Street Sports Centre (drive through)
  • Stocking Farm Community Centre (walk-in)
  • Victoria Park (mobile unit – drive through).

All of the mobile drive-through centres will accept people who walk in – but you should still book an appointment first.

We also have a test site in Jubilee Square so that workers, shoppers and residents can get a test even if they have no symptoms. It's open 8am-8pm Monday to Saturday. Book an appointment as above.

When you go for your test, wear a face covering and bring a photo ID as well as your booking number.

If you test positive for coronavirus, you must stay at home for at least 10 days and until you feel better. People in your household should stay at home for 14 days.

We are significantly increasing community testing for coronavirus. Hundreds of staff and trained volunteers will be calling on people at home to offer them a free test, with mobile testing units setting up in local neighbourhoods. If you are contacted, please take the test.

Over the next few days NHS and council staff, supported by volunteers, will be knocking on doors in target areas across the city. Depending on the area, they will encourage people to go to a nearby mobile testing unit, or help them book a test online or offer a home testing kit.

The following proposed schedule may change due to testing outcomes or other factors. We update this page every day.

Wednesday 5 August

  • Newfoundpool (Pool Road area)
  • Crown Hills (Rowlatts Hill Road area)
  • St Matts/St Peters (behind Moat Community College)
  • Humberstone (Barbara Avenue area)

Thursday 6 August

  • Crown Hills (Rowlatts Hill school)
  • North Evington (Kitchener Road area)
  • Charnwood (Prospect Road and Merlyn Vaz Centre area)

Friday 7 August

  • Northfields (around Jubilee Gardens)
  • Latimer North (Marfitt Street area)
  • Latimer South (near to Shree Sanatan Mandir)

Completed home tests will be picked up later the same day and sent for processing. Results will be delivered in a text, directly to the individual’s mobile phone, within 48 hours.

Get your questions answered on community testing.

Contact tracing is a key part of public health measures to reduce and prevent the spread of coronavirus. The NHS test and trace service contacts those that test positive for coronavirus, provides you with some critical health advice, and asks where you've been recently and who you've been in close contact with.

If you have had a positive test result for coronavirus or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, you will be contacted by text, email, phone call or by household visit by us or the NHS.

This is an effective method of protecting people and slowing the spread of coronavirus by breaking the chain of transmission of the virus.

‘Contact’ means a person who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus and who may or may not live with them.