Leicester Guidance on COVID Restrictions

Published: Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Over the last 48 hours there has been confusion regarding extra COVID restrictions for certain hotspot areas which included Leicester. The information below should give you clarity on what the up to date situation is.

The Government has confirmed that new advice published on its website in relation to Leicester and other areas was incorrect and people should continue to follow existing national guidelines as before.

There is no local lockdown and no restriction on travel in to or out of Leicester. However, the recommendation we always suggest is that people should take a cautious approach and make sensible judgements when restrictions are eased, and that still applies.

Please find below media statements issued by Leicester City Council and Leicestershire County Council.

Leicester City Council

Leicestershire County Council

Below, which is included in the Leicestershire County Council message is Mike Sandys statement.

“Mike Sandys, Leicestershire County Council’s director of public health, said: “We became aware on Monday night that the Government had updated its advice for Leicester and note that the City Council hadn’t been contacted by the Government or Public Health England.

Clearly we’ll be keeping a close eye on figures but given discussions with national officials, the fact Leicester has lower variant numbers than other parts of the country and a plan in place, we’d encourage all residents to be cautious and to stick to step three of the roadmap which came into effect on 17 May.

The most important thing is to get your vaccine when you are offered it and come forward for your second dose.”

Step three of the Government’s roadmap came into effect on 17 May - guidance includes:

  • You can meet up to 30 people outdoors
  • Indoors, the rule of six or a larger group of up to two households is allowed
  • Indoor hospitality - pubs, restaurants, cinemas, theatres, museums, galleries, concert halls, children play areas, hotels, B&Bs, indoor exercise classes - are allowed”