Coronavirus in Leicester

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Common questions on Leicester lockdown

We understand you may have questions on the local restrictions and how they will affect you. We have put together frequently asked questions to try to answer your queries and provide further information.

Further information

The local restrictions apply to the whole city of Leicester. 

From 3 August, restrictions for the borough of Oadby and Wigston will be lifted and they will follow the national guidelines.

From Monday 3 August, the following can open:

  • Hairdressers (including mobile hairdressers)
  • Cafes, pubs, bars and restaurants
  • Places of worship

What will remain closed?
  • Leisure centres, gyms and pools
  • Playgrounds
  • Indoor play areas (including soft-play areas)
  • Nail and beauty salons

Yes -  you can make non-essential journeys and travel in and out of the city as of Friday 31 July.

However, the government still needs to amend regulations on staying elsewhere overnight. You will only be able to stay overnight from Monday 3 August - and even then not in other people's homes.

You will also not be able to visit people at their homes either indoors or in private gardens.

In Leicester, we are seeing the virus transmitted between households. In some cases this happens when people are showing no symptoms of the virus, so they do not realise they are passing it on.

We understand that this is difficult for us all but the virus has not gone away and we must continue to reduce the risk of transmission.

You can still meet up to six people outdoors but only in a public open space, including pub gardens and parks. You should stay 2m apart from anyone you don’t live with.

From 31 July, you cannot meet people in private gardens. 

The government is changing regulations so that you can stay away overnight from Monday 3 August. You will only be able to holiday with people you already live with. You cannot stay in another person’s home while they are there.

You are permitted to stay in hotels, bed and breakfasts, holiday homes, campsites and caravan parks.

Transmission of the virus is occurring across different areas of the city. By asking the whole area to observe the restrictions it will greatly reduce the risk of spread, protect people’s health, and ensure that restrictions can be lifted as soon as possible.

Schools/colleges are closed for the summer holidays and will not reopen until the new academic year. Find more information about city schools.

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 to continue to stay at home, or choose to avoid busier public spaces such as 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 ‘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).

We are working with government seeking a package of support for businesses that are affected by the lockdown. Some schemes are already available: details can be found on our business support grant funding page.

You can still form a support bubble with one other household if you live alone or are a single adult with dependent children – in other words, if you are in a household where there is only one adult. 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 2 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.

Those currently shielding in Leicester and Oadby and Wigston must continue to shield until further notice.

The guidance for people who are currently shielding means:

  • you are strongly advised to stay at home as much as possible and keep visits outside to a minimum;
  • if you wish to spend time outdoors this can be with members of your own household or, if you live alone, you may choose to spend time outdoors with one person from another household (ideally the same person each time). You should maintain social distancing and avoiding gatherings of any size; and
  • you are advised not to be part of a support bubble with another household.

More detailed advice can be found on our shielding advice page.

From 3 August, communal worship, including prayers, religious ceremonies, devotions or meditations led by a Minister of Religion or lay person will be able to take place.

Limits are decided on the basis of the capacity of the place of worship following a risk assessment. Social distancing should be strictly adhered to, 2m or 1m (where 2m is not possible) with actions taken to reduce the risk of transmission between households are acceptable. For example, use of face coverings.

Full guidance can be found at GOV.UK.

You should stay 2m apart from anyone you do not live with at all times.

  • Stay at home as much as possible
  • Continue to work from home if you can
  • Stay 2m apart from anyone you do not live with
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Limit your contact with other people
  • Wear a face mask on buses, in shops, in hospitals and in any confined space
  • Don’t meet up with people in their homes or in any indoor space
  • Book a test as soon as symptoms appear
  • If you test positive, stay at home for at least 10 days and until you feel better. Members of your household should stay at home for 14 days.

You must wear a face covering on public transport and in hospitals, shops, banks/building societies, post offices and cafes and take-away food places.

See detailed guidance on our face covering page.

Report large gatherings/home visits
If you are concerned about a breach of the coronavirus measures, such as a large gathering of people or people visiting other households indoors, you can report this to Leicestershire Police online.

Report a business
If you wish to report a business for not complying with the rules, please email Leicester City Council at

The local situation will remain under review, and the restrictions that are in place will be reviewed every two weeks. Our next review will be by 13 August.

We hope that by asking people in Leicester to follow these stricter restrictions this will reduce the risk of the virus spreading, protect people’s health, and ensure that restrictions can be lifted as soon as possible.