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Coronavirus in Leicester

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Common questions on Leicester lockdown

Find answers to common questions about the current restrictions, including meeting other people, support bubbles, social distancing and travel.

  • six people or two households are able to meet outdoors only. Remember to keep 2m apart from anyone you do not live with
  • you are able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports as outdoor sports venues/facilities reopen
  • care home residents will be able 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. This is to protect the NHS and save lives.

You must not socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with or have formed a support bubble with. You should continue to work from home if you can.

Full guidelines can be viewed at GOV.UK.

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
  • most outdoor attractions including zoos, theme parks, and drive-in performances (such as cinemas and concerts)
  • some smaller outdoor events such as fetes, literary fairs, and fairgrounds
  • indoor leisure and sports facilities including gyms for individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubble
  • all childcare and supervised activities will be allowed indoors as well as outdoors) for all children.
  • 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

You can find the full list at GOV.UK.

We update the latest figures online every week. View latest Leicester figures.

Since the start of the pandemic we have been working with colleagues in the NHS to reduce the numbers.

We are knocking on doors in areas of high infection to talk to residents about the virus and help them get tested. We operate six rapid result test centres across the city to identify people who are carrying the virus without realising. We carry out all our own contact tracing of people who have tested positive and we offer help to them to self-isolate for the 10-day period.

We have distributed tens of millions of pounds in government grants to support local businesses that have been affected. We also administer government isolation payments to people on low incomes who temporarily cannot work.

We have supported thousands of vulnerable people with deliveries of food and other essential. We work in local communities and with community leaders to share public health messages and to promote take up of the coronavirus vaccine.

Our staff carry out safety checks on city businesses and help them stay covid compliant. We help the police enforce the coronavirus restrictions.

  • Only leave home for the essential reasons prescribed in law.
  • Keep your contact with other people to an absolute minimum.
  • Work from home 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 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 have no symptoms.

If you live alone, or you are a single adult with children under 18, you can still form a support bubble with one other household. The household you bubble with can be of any size. All those in a support bubble can act as if they live in the same household – you can spend time together inside each other’s homes and do not need to stay two metres apart.

You can only form support bubbles with one other household – you should not switch the household you are in a bubble with or connect with multiple households.

More information on support bubbles can be found at GOV.UK - Support bubbles.

From 1 April, if you have been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable you will no longer be advised to shield. However, you should continue to take extra precautions to protect yourself. You will receive a letter with further guidance.

Further information is available on our shielding page.

Parents can form a childcare bubble with another household for the purposes of informal childcare, where the child is 13 or under. This must be part of a consistent childcare arrangement, not a one-off or a play date. Guidance on making a childcare bubble with another household can be found at GOV.UK - Childcare bubbles.

Vulnerable adults can be cared for by individuals outside of their immediate household as part of a care bubble.

Follow the advice your school has given you. If your child is sent home without symptoms they still have to self-isolate at home for 10 days. This means that they cannot leave the house and garden for two weeks, even for exercise. Even if they don’t display any symptoms, your child must not come into contact with anyone outside of the household for the full 10 days.

The rest of your household does not have to stay at home unless someone develops symptoms. Find out further information if your child's class or group has been asked to isolate.

If you – or someone you know – needs help with food, medicine or other essential supplies, email us at: c19support@leicester.gov.uk.

NHS Volunteer Responders

The NHS Volunteer Responders can help:

  • People who choose avoid going to supermarkets and pharmacies. 
  • People with caring responsibilities.
  • People who are self-isolating because they’ve been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have symptoms.
  • People who’ve been instructed to self-isolate by the NHS Test and Trace service, because they’ve been near someone infected.
  • People who are self-isolating ahead of planned hospital care.
  • Frontline health and care workers.

To request support with any of the above, you can call: 0808 196 3646 (8am-8pm).

If you are unsure of the rules relating to Leicester, you can use the post code checker at GOV.UK to check current restrictions before reporting a breach to us.

Reporting a business

We are responsible for enforcing the majority of regulations for businesses. We ensure we provide businesses with current advice and guidance to help keep their customers and staff safe.

If a breach of regulations is reported to us we will provide advice and guidance and take enforcement action where appropriate.

Reporting individuals, gatherings and face covering breaches

Leicestershire Police are responsible for enforcing the regulations regarding individuals, gatherings (including private homes), this will also include face coverings. Please report these breaches directly to Leicestershire Police.

You must wear a face covering on public transport and in hospitals, shops, banks/building societies, post offices, places of worship and take-away food places. We are also asking you to wear a face covering if you are dropping off or collecting children at school.

See detailed guidance on our face covering page.

Places of worship

You can attend places of worship for a service. However, you must not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble. You should maintain strict social distancing at all times. You should follow the national guidance on the safe use of places of worship.

Weddings

From 12 April, weddings, civil partnership ceremonies, and other commemorative events will be able to take place for up to 15 people (anyone working is not included in this limit), including in indoor venues that are permitted to open or where an exemption applies. Wedding receptions can also take place for up to 15 people, but must take place outdoors, not including private gardens.

Funerals

Funerals are allowed with strict limits on attendance (max 30 people) and must only take place in COVID-secure venues or in public outdoor spaces unless in exceptional circumstances. Get further information on funerals, burials and cremations

Overseas holidays are still illegal. You may only travel abroad for a permitted reason, including work, education or to care for a vulnerable person. Find out more about travelling exemptions.

Red list travel ban countries

The government has banned some countries to travel to the UK, these countries are placed on the red list. Visitors who have travelled from or through red list countries within the last 10 days will not be allowed to enter. If you are a British or Irish National, or you have residence rights in the UK, you will be able to enter but you must quarantine in a government approved hotel for 10 days and pay for it yourself.

If you are returning to England from another country, not on the red list, you must quarantine for 10 days at another address and take coronavirus tests on day 2 and day 8 unless your job permits exemption.

Full information on overseas travel is available on GOV.UK.