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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.

England has now moved in to step 4 of the roadmap where restrictions have been eased. However, with the number of infections still high, we are choosing to take a cautious approach to unlocking. Please continue to act carefully and remain cautious.

Although most legal restrictions will be lifted, and many people have been vaccinated, remember that it is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated.

You should:

  • continue to wear face coverings to help protect those you come in to contact with
  • minimise the number, proximity and duration of meeting people
  • book a test and self-isolate as soon as you get symptoms or when contacted by NHS Test and Trace
  • take regular rapid covid tests if you do not have symptoms.
  • let fresh air in when meeting people indoors
  • have the vaccine as soon as you are eligible.
  • wash or sanitise your hands regularly.

To see the full government announcement on the changing of rules please visit 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.

  • continue to wear face coverings to help protect those you come in contact with
  • minimise the number, proximity and duration of meeting people
  • get tested when you have symptoms
  • isolate when positive or when contacted by NHS Test and Trace
  • let fresh air in when meeting people indoors
  • have regular rapid covid tests if you don't have symptoms.

Parents and carers can find the most up-to-date information on our school arrangements section.

The shielding programme has now ended in England. This means that people who were previously considered clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) will not be advised to shield in the future or follow specific national guidance.

Further information is available on our shielding page.

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.

The virus hasn’t gone away. You can do your bit to prevent the spread of coronavirus by wearing a face covering.

We don’t want to undo the hard work that we’ve all done in Leicester to bring the spread of the virus under control. That’s why everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious.

We encourage everyone to continue to wear face coverings where maintaining social distancing is difficult such as public transport and crowded indoor places to help protect us all.

See detailed guidance on our face covering page.

Places of worship

You can go to places of worship for a service. When a service is taking place indoors you should keep your distance from those outside of your household. We encourage you wear face coverings to stop the spread of the virus. 

Weddings

There are no legal limit on attendees, however the number will be determined by how many people our Covid-secure venue can safely accommodate with social distancing measures in place.

Funerals

Funerals and linked commemorative events following a death such as a wake, stone setting or ash scattering may take place in COVID-Secure venues. They may also take place in venues other than COVID-Secure venues, such as in a garden of a private home. The number of people who can attend is in most cases determined by how many people a venue can safely accommodate, with social distancing measures in place, including guests of all ages and anyone working at the event.

There will no longer be a legal restriction or permitted reason required to travel internationally. 

Check out the guidance on GOV.UK when travelling to England from overseas.