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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.

Current rules

  • six people or two households are able to meet outdoors only. Remember to keep 2m apart from anyone you do not live with
  • you can take part in organised outdoor sports
  • care home residents are allowed to nominate two named individuals for regular indoor visits (following a rapid lateral flow test).

England is still in a national lockdown. You should minimise the number of journeys you make where possible and follow the guidelines.

12 April reopening

From 12 April the following will be allowed to reopen:

  • non-essential retail shops
  • hairdressers, beauty and nail salons
  • outdoor hospitality venues with table service only
  • outdoor attractions such as zoos, theme parks and drive-in events
  • indoor leisure and sports facilities including gyms for individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubble
  • weddings, civil partnership ceremonies, wakes and other commemorative events will be able to take place for up to 15 people. Find out more.
  • self-contained accommodation will be able to open for overnight stays in England with your household or support bubble

What should I continue to do?

Leicester's coronavirus cases are falling but they remain among the highest in the country. How you can help:

  • Stay 2m apart from anyone you do not live with.
  • Wash or sanitise your hands regularly.
  • Wear a face covering when required.
  • 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.
  • Take regular rapid covid tests if you do not have symptoms.
  • Have the vaccine as soon as you are eligible.

For further information please visit 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
  • Braunstone Leisure Centre
  • Highfields Centre
  • 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.

Wednesday 14 April

Hamilton and Charnwood

Thursday 15 April

Rushey Fields

Friday 16 April

Braunstone East

Saturday 17 April

Rowley Fields and Braunstone East

Sunday 18 April

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. 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.