Leicester back in lockdown: Non-essential shops to close

Leicester back in lockdown: Non-essential shops to close

Leicester has gone back into lockdown with non-essential shops forced to close again to slow the spread of Covid-19 in the city.

There will also be a delay to the national roll-out of openings for bars, restaurants, hairdressers and hotels in the city.

It is a huge blow for shop managers who have been desperately trying to bring shoppers

back into the city over the past two weeks to get the local economy moving again.

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From Thursday, schools will also be closed to all pupils but the children of key workers.

It comes as figures suggest the city has become a hotspot for the virus, with one in 10 UK cases currently being reported there.

Leicester Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said the Government had offered financial support to help businesses in the city.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has set out specific details of what the Government plans in the city to tackle the spike in recent cases.

He said the lockdown would affect the whole city and some of the areas just outside the city limits.

Only essential travel will be allowed.

Matt Hancock has advised people from Leicester to stay at home as much as they can while the local lockdown measures continue.

Mr Hancock told MPs last night:

“Having taken clinical advice on the actions necessary and discussed them with the local team

in Leicester and Leicestershire, we have made some difficult but important decisions.

“We’ve decided that from tomorrow, non-essential retail will have to close

and as children have been particularly impacted by this outbreak, schools will also need to close from Thursday,

staying open for vulnerable children and children of critical workers as they did throughout.

“Unfortunately, the clinical advice is that the relaxation of shielding measures

due on July 6 cannot now take place in Leicester.

“We recommend to people in Leicester, stay at home as much as you can, and

we recommend against all but essential travel to, from, and within Leicester.

“We’ll monitor closely adhering to social distancing rules

and we’ll take further steps if that is what’s necessary.”

“I know that this is a worrying time for people living in Leicester

and I want you to know you have our full support.”

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