Oadby and Wigston currently have local foreclosure rules in place to prevent people from mingling with other households in homes or gardens.
The Borough Council said after the Prime Minister’s update the rules in the region will remain unchanged and it will be a ‘high alert’ level 2 area – the same as the city of Leicester.
A spokesperson for the authority said: “The council has received confirmation from the director of public health that the borough of Oadby and Wigston is at level 2 (high) of the 3-level government system. As it stands, the borough’s current foreclosure measures will remain the same.
They added, “One thing that is now allowed is to meet family and friends in each other’s gardens, as well as in beer gardens (rule of 6 applies). But entering someone else’s house is still not allowed. The final regulations will be shared upon publication. ”
Level 1 rules – including the rule of six and the 10 p.m. reception close – also apply.
Area MP Neil O’Brien has confirmed that the rest of his Harborough constituency and the rest of the county will be classified as ‘medium’ level 1 alert level areas, meaning they will be subject to the lowest level of restrictions.
He urged people to watch the Prime Minister’s announcement to learn more about what the rules will look like for each level.
Measurements for areas classified as ‘medium’ will remain the same as current national guidelines, meaning the rule of six applies when socializing in any setting. Pubs and restaurants may open but must adhere to the 10pm curfew.
Leicestershire County Public Health Director Mike Sandys said tonight: ‘Regardless of the county level, this does not change the position that we are still looking at a rate hike due to a second wave in such cases, people must therefore remain vigilant at all times.
“These are people who work together to control the virus – that is, through social distancing, wearing a face mask, washing their hands and encouraging people, that they be in school, going to work, to the office or going out for a drink, to change their behavior. Our recently launched campaign with partners sums it up: it’s up to us. ”
City MPs earlier confirmed Leicester would be placed in the ‘high’ alert category, as it emerged details for part of the county were still being corrected.