Leicester lockdown extended by another two weeks

The government has announced today that the current coronavirus restrictions in Leicester are set to continue. 

This means residents can not meet up with family or friends (apart from those in their support bubbles) in private homes or gardens.

Gyms, swimming pools and soft play areas in the city must also remain closed.

A spokesman for the Department of Health and Social Care said that there have been some improvements in Leicester, however cases continue to remain high. This means the current restrictions will remain in place for a further two weeks.

City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said: “While this is disappointing news, I accept the need for caution. The figures in Leicester are steadily going down but are not yet where we’d like them to be.”

“With our schools now reopening the last thing we want is to see numbers increase and stricter restrictions being imposed once again.”

There was some good news with the announcement that children’s outdoor play areas across the city will reopen tomorrow (Saturday 29 August).

There will be safety signs on display at all 247 playgrounds reminding everyone of the need for 2m social distancing and other hygiene measures.

The next government review of the restrictions will take place on September 11.