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Coronavirus in Leicester: latest advice

Latest coronavirus rules in Leicester, how to get a test, testing and face coverings.

The Government has announced the following measures.

  • People are no longer advised to work from home and should discuss their return to offices with employers.
  • Secondary school pupils no longer have to wear face coverings in classrooms.

From 27 January:

  • Face coverings will no longer be compulsory but you are still advised to wear one in enclosed or crowded spaces.
  • Mandatory Covid passports for entering nightclubs and large events will end. Venues can still choose to use the NHS Covid pass if they wish.
  • The advice remains to be cautious, let fresh air in, test regularly and self-isolate if you are positive.


If you have no symptoms but test positive on a lateral flow test you don’t need to take a PCR test unless you wish to claim a Test and Trace support payment while you are self-isolating. People with symptoms should not use lateral flow tests and should book a PCR test as soon as possible. The main symptoms are:

  • a high temperature
  • a continuous new cough
  • loss of, or change to, your sense of taste or smell.


Read the latest information on self-isolation.

(Updated 20 January 2022)

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, self-isolate at home
  • let fresh air in when meeting people indoors
  • have the vaccine as soon as you are eligible
  • wash or sanitise your hands regularly.

More information on how to stay safe and preventing the spread is available at GOV.UK.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus, or have been advised to get a PCR test, book one online at or call 119.

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

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

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
  • Phoenix House, Welford Place (city centre)
  • 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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