Here’s everything you need to know about the lockdown in Leicester.
What restrictions are lifted?
Nail bars, outdoor pools and beauty salons will be allowed to reopen in Leicester from August 19 in a relaxation of the local lockdown after a drop in Covid-19 cases.
Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, said: “My gratitude goes to the people of Leicester who have all made sacrifices to keep the virus at bay and protect their local communities.
“The infection rate has now dropped to a level safe enough to allow other businesses, including beauty salons, nail bars and some outdoor venues to reopen in the area. ”
Current restrictions on gatherings in private homes and gardens will remain in place in Leicester, but there will be relaxations for some businesses, including tanning booths, spas, and massage and tattoo parlors, while the guidelines for music rooms and theaters to remain closed will be abandoned.
Public spaces – including restaurants, bars, places of worship, libraries, community centers, outdoor playgrounds and gymnasiums – reopened on August 3.
Restrictions were lifted for the borough of Oadby and Wigston on August 3.
Residents of these areas will be given national social distancing guidelines, except for clinically ill and vulnerable people who have been advised to continue to protect themselves.
What areas are included in the Leicester lockdown?
On Tuesday, June 30, the official lockdown boundary map was released with areas such as Birstall, Beaumont Leys, Glenfield and South Wigston all included.
Under current guidelines, restrictions apply to residents of the Borough of Oadby and Wigston and Leicester City, while restrictions were relaxed on July 18 in the Charnwood and Blaby district.