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Coronavirus in Leicester

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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.

Following the government's latest announcement, some of the rules on what you can and cannot do will be changing from 8 March:

  • Students in schools and colleges will be able to return to face-to-face education
  • You will be able to meet one person outside your household in outdoor public spaces
  • Care home residents will be allowed a regular assigned visitor

England is still in a national lockdown. You must stay at home, except for specific reasons, such as essential shopping, exercise or work (if you absolutely cannot work from home). Visit GOV.UK for full lockdown rules.

Please continue to:

  • Stay 2m apart from anyone you do not live with.
  • Wash or sanitise your hands regularly.
  • Wear a face covering on buses, in shops 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. Everyone you live with should stay at home for 10 days, even if they don't have symptoms.

Find out about the new travel quarantine rules that took effect from 15 February - GOV.UK.

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 nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test 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
  • 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 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.

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

Tuesday 2 March

  • Mowmacre and Stocking Farm, New Parks West and Netherhall and Thurnby Lodge

Wednesday 3 March

  • Mowmacre and Stocking Farm, St Matthews and St Peters and Northfields

Thursday 4 March

  • Hamilton and Rowley Fields

Friday 5 March

  • Crown Hills and Abbey

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.