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Coronavirus in Leicester: latest advice

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

Restrictions in England have been eased. However, with the number of infections still high, please continue to act carefully and remain cautious.

Remember that it is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated.

You should:

  • continue to wear face coverings to help protect those you come in to contact with
  • minimise the number, proximity and duration of meeting people
  • book a test and self-isolate as soon as you get symptoms or when contacted by NHS Test and Trace. 
  • take regular rapid covid tests if you do not have symptoms
  • if you test positive, continue to stay at home for at least 10 days and until you feel better
  • if you test positive, people you live with should also self-isolate, unless they have been double-jabbed, in which case they should book a PCR test instead. Under 18s will be advised what to do by contact tracers - in most cases they should book a test too
  • let fresh air in when meeting people indoors
  • have the vaccine as soon as you are eligible
  • wash or sanitise your hands regularly.

To see the full government announcement on the changing of rules please visit GOV.UK.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus, or have been advised to get a test because you have been identified as a contact of a case, 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
  • 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.

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.

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