Leicester lockdown map: What areas are included, and what are the rules?

Leicester first UK city to be put into 'local lockdown'

Non-essential shops will close, schools will shut to most pupils and people are being advised to stay at home wherever possible.

"As yet the government has not announced what it accepts to be the boundary of this lockdown, so policing it is going to be something of a challenge until we know what the area is to be policed", said Leicester Mayor Peter Soulsby.

Mr Hancock said the law will be changed in the next "day or two" to close all non-essential shops in Leicester.

Britain has been one of the world's worst-hit areas, with more than 54,000 suspected deaths, though infections have been waning in recent weeks and Mr Johnson is rolling back nationwide restrictions to revive the economy.

There had been widespread confusion over exactly which towns and villages in Leicestershire are included in the lockdown.

The planned reopening of more businesses including restaurants, pubs and hairdressers in England on July 4 will also not take place in the city.

Schools in the city, where the remains of King Richard III of England were found under a vehicle park in 2012, will close again from tomorrow, with Mr Hancock saying there had been an unusually high incidence of infections in children there.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock is to meet leaders in the city of Leicester, amid United Kingdom plans to extend a lockdown in the area after a surge in Covid-19 cases, prompting anger from the city mayor.

He said: "Given the growing outbreak in Leicester we can not recommend that the easing of the national lockdown set to take place on July 4 happens in Leicester".

Regarding travel restrictions, the Health Secretary said "we will if we have to", but he added he hoped people in the city would "do the right thing".

Leicestershire Police said: "This is a dynamic situation and we will adjust accordingly, providing proportionate policing under the relevant legislation to help keep people safe in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland".

The league's CEO would not rule out the rest of the campaign being cancelled if other areas are forced to follow Leicester's example and introduce new measures to contain the spread of the virus.

"We have had a huge dialogue with the authorities about the concept of neutral venues", Masters told MPs at a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee evidence session on Tuesday.

Mr Hancock added: "We are providing funding for local support".

Mr Hancock said the Government is "still getting to the bottom of" the reasons why the outbreak in Leicester has occurred.



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