The UK’s First Local Lockdown is in place in Leicester as those living within the area have been told they will remain in current level of Lockdown for an extra two weeks.
The news comes as the area has seen a spike in Covid-19 cases.
It means pubs, cafes, restaurants and hairdressers In Leicester may be forced to stay shut for another two weeks following a rise in coronavirus cases.
At the moment the Government has only recommended that the current lockdown measures remain in force in Leicester for another two weeks as the rest of England see restrictions eased from Saturday 4th.
If the Lockdown measures are not followed laws could be introduced to force local lockdowns.
The rest of England is expected to see an eased lockdown meaning that on 4th July Pubs, Cafes, Restaurants, Hotels, Hairdressers and Barbers will be allowed to reopen.
Public Health England (PHE) has issued a report which recommends they delaying of the “relaxation actions in Leicester and enhancement of monitoring of social distancing guidelines for another two weeks”.
The report recommends that there is “targeted enhanced actions” which would see the “closure” of all non-essential shops and other areas where social gatherings may take place.
They also recommend that workplaces where 5% or 10% of staff have tested positive for Covid-19 be closed for a period of two weeks.
The report also calls for weekly testing of all care home staff at 250 locations two ensure the most vulnerable are protected for the next four weeks.
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