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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.

Leicester is in tier 2 of England's new three-tier system of coronavirus restrictions. This means we are an area of "high" alert.

We must not:

  • socialise indoors anywhere with anyone we don't live with, unless we have formed a support bubble with that person.
However, we can:
  • socialise outdoors with up to five other people, as long as we keep 2m apart. This now includes meeting up in private gardens.
Full details of "high" alert restrictions can be found at GOV.UK.

As infections rise, the advice in Leicester is to:
  • Limit your contact with other people.
  • Work from home if you can.
  • Reduce the number of journeys you make as much as you can.
  • Walk or cycle if possible, or use buses outside peak times if you can
  • Stay 2m apart from anyone you do not live with.
  • Wash or sanitise your hands regularly.
  • Wear a face covering on buses, in shops, when dropping or collecting children at school, and in any space where distancing is difficult.
  • 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. Members of your household should stay at home for 14 days.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus, please get tested as soon as you can. We are aware of the current difficulties people are having booking tests. This is a national issue and is outside the control of the city council. Our advice is to keep trying, or to try alternative testing sites until a test becomes available.

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
  • Bede Park piazza
  • Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre
  • Birstall Park and Ride
  • Highfields Centre
  • Humberstone Park
  • 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 stay at home for 14 days.

This summer we carried out thousands of coronavirus tests in the community. Staff and trained volunteers are continuing to knock on doors in target areas to talk to residents about coronavirus. If people have symptoms, we will help direct them to testing facilities.

Currently we plan to visit the following areas. However, the situation is rapidly changing so this schedule may change at short notice.

Friday 23 October

  • Latimer South
  • Northfields

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.