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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.

Along with the rest of England, Leicester moved into national lockdown on 5 January. This is to protect the NHS and save lives.

By law you must stay at home, except for the following reasons:

  • to shop for basic necessities
  • to work, or provide voluntary services, if you cannot do so from home
  • to exercise once per day, only in your local area
  • to meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one. Support bubbles are only permitted for people who live alone and single adults with children under 18
  • to seek medical assistance or avoid harm (including from domestic abuse)
  • to attend education or childcare – for those eligible.

Full information on the new restrictions is available at GOV.UK.

If you are exercising outside you can meet only one other person from outside your household in a park or other public outdoor place.

  • Schools have closed except to vulnerable children and the children of critical workers.
  • Bars (including shisha venues), pubs, cafes and restaurants stay closed but can provide takeaway, delivery and click-and-collect services.
  • Hairdressers, beauty salons, indoor and outdoors gyms and leisure centres are closed. Playgrounds and public toilets will remain open.
  • Museums, cinemas, theatres and indoor entertainments stay closed.
  • Libraries will continue to offer a book 'order and collect' service.
  • Hotels are also closed – there are a few exceptions.
  • Non-essential shops will remain closed.
  • Places of worship can open, with some restrictions.

You can find the full list at GOV.UK

Yes – the government has announced that there will be grants for businesses that were affected under the national and local restrictions, including Tier 4.

Latest information regarding grants is available on our business grants page.

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

  • 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.

Clinically extremely vulnerable employees who are unable to work from home should, once again, not attend a workplace. Full guidance can be found on the GOV.UK website.

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:

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.

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.