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

Leicester and its surrounding area will have to follow stricter lockdown restrictions for at least another two weeks:

  • Non-essential shops that reopened on 15 June have been asked to close.
  • Bars, restaurants and hairdressers will remain closed until further notice.
  • Schools closed on Thursday 2 July except to vulnerable children and children of key workers. They will not reopen until next term.
  • People who have been shielding should continue to do so.

This is the current guidance for people in Leicester and surrounding restriction areas.

To protect yourself and others

  • Stay at home as much as possible. Leave only for work or essentials (such as food shopping or caring for others).
  • Keep 2 metres apart from people outside of your household at all times.
  • Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser.
  • Always wear a face covering when on public transport or in any confined public space, including workplaces, where 2m social distancing is not possible.

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:

  • Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre (indoors, walk-in)
  • Birstall Park and Ride (permanent site – drive through)
  • Birkett House School, Wigston
  • County Hall, Glenfield
  • Evington Leisure Centre (mobile unit – drive through)
  • Highfields Centre (walk in)
  • Shree Prajapati Community Centre, Ulverscroft Road (mobile unit - drive through)
  • Spinney Hill Park (mobile unit – walk in)
  • Victoria Park (mobile unit – drive through).
All of the drive-through centres will accept people who walk in – but you should still book an appointment first.

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 7 days and until you feel better. People in your household should stay at home for 14 days.

Starting 9 July, 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.

NHS staff, supported by volunteers, will be knocking on doors in the areas below. They will encourage people to go to a nearby mobile testing unit, or help them book a test online or order a home testing kit.

  • Thursday 9 and Friday 10 July - Belgrave north
  • Saturday 11 July - Belgrave south
  • Monday 13 to Wednesday 15 July - Wycliffe

In the following areas, city council-led teams of volunteers are dropping off testing kits at homes:

  • Thursday 9 and Friday 10 July - Hamilton
  • Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 July - Clarendon Park
  • Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 July - Knighton
  • Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 July - Stoneygate

The completed 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.

 Here is a map of the areas the restrictions apply to.