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Coronavirus in Leicester: latest advice

Latest COVID-19 rules in Leicester, how to get a test, common questions answered about the restrictions, testing and face coverings.

Last updated 14 June 2021, 6.20pm

The Government has delayed the final phase of their planned roadmap to ease coronavirus restrictions in England. The lifting of all restrictions on social contact will not take place until at least 19 July, possibly later. This means that we will continue under most of the current rules for several more weeks.

However, some restrictions will change on 21 June as outlined below:

  • Weddings/commemorative events - The number of people who can attend these events in a COVID-Secure venue or other venue (such as a garden of a private home) will be determined by how many people a venue can safely accommodate with social distancing measures in place, including guests of all ages and anyone working at the event.
  • Care home visits - all care home residents will be able to nominate an essential care giver. These essential care givers will be able to visit the care home resident, even if the resident is isolating.
  • Out-of-school settings - can organise domestic residential visits for children in consistent groups of up to 30 children. This replaces the current limit of 6 people or 2 households.

The delay is due to concerns over the spread of the new Delta variant of the virus. Waiting a few weeks will allow millions more people to be vaccinated and to receive second doses of vaccine before restrictions are lifted.

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Current rules

  • Six people, or two households, can meet indoors. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 30 people. Read new guidance on meeting friends and family
  • Travelling within Britain and overnight stays will be permitted: groups of up to six people or two households.
  • Care home residents will be allowed up to five named visitors (two at any one time), provided visitors test negative for COVID-19. Rules for visits out also change.
  • Restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes can reopen indoors.
  • Indoor entertainment and attractions can reopen: cinemas, theatres and bowling alleys.
  • People will be able to attend indoor and outdoor events, including live performances, sporting events and business events. Attendance at these events will be capped according to venue type.

For full information visit GOV.UK.

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Help keep cases down

Leicester's coronavirus cases are falling but they remain among the highest in the country. How you can help:

  • Stay 2m apart from anyone you do not live with.
  • Wash or sanitise your hands regularly.
  • Wear a face covering when required.
  • Book a test and self-isolate as soon as you get symptoms.
  • If you test positive, continue to stay at home for at least 10 days and until you feel better. Everyone you live with should stay at home for 10 days, even if they don't have symptoms.
  • Take regular rapid covid tests if you do not have symptoms.
  • Have the vaccine as soon as you are eligible.
  • Minimise the number of journeys you take.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus, 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.

Find answers to common questions about testing.

We currently have test centres open at:

  • Aylestone Leisure Centre
  • Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre
  • Birstall Park and Ride
  • Braunstone Leisure Centre
  • Highfields Centre
  • Jubilee Square
  • Overton Road
  • Victoria Park

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 also stay at home for 10 days.

Staff and trained volunteers are knocking on doors in target areas to talk to residents about coronavirus and testing options. If there is someone in the household who needs to leave the home to work or for another essential reason, our teams can provide information on the rapid test centres. If someone has symptoms but cannot leave home for a test, we will give you a test to do at home.

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. In Leicester the council carries out much of this tracing work.

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 - either 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.