On the evening of Thursday 16 July 2020, Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care made a statement to Parliament giving an update regarding the localised lockdown due to the higher rates of COVID19 cases in the Leicester and Leicestershire area.
He announced that lockdown measures would continue in both the City of Leicester and also the Borough of Oadby and Wigston to continue to fight the spread of the virus.
This lockdown will remain in place for a further two weeks when it will be reviewed again.
There was some easing of restrictions. Some non-essential shops will re-open but we are waiting for clarification and guidance on what these will be. Schools and nurseries will be able to re-open. However, bars, restaurants and hairdressers will remain closed.
I am disappointed and I know you will share in this that our Borough cannot come out of localised lockdown. We have made some progress to reduce the number of cases but it is clear that the rate remains higher than elsewhere in the country and we need to continue to tackle this together as a Borough.
It is crucial that we all show resolve and fortitude and continue to follow the latest advice.
- Do not travel unless it is absolutely essential.
- Observe the social distancing of 2 metres if you do have to go out.
- No more than 6 people can meet as a group outside.
- Wash you hands regularly and for more than 20 seconds.
- Wear a face mask where required.
- Testing - please look at our social media and website for the latest information.
Protecting our residents remains our priority. All our actions play a key role in helping us come out of localised lockdown. I urge people to heed the advice and play their part in helping to save lives and livelihoods.
Councillor John Boyce, Leader of the Council.