Detailed guide: Leicester lockdown: what you can and cannot do

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Additional businesses and venues can reopen in Leicester City from 19 August. Other restrictions remain in place.

The national easements for 15 August will not apply to the Leicester City area.

The settings that must remain closed section below lists the types of businesses and venues that must remain closed in Leicester City.

A local outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) has been identified in Leicester. The government and local authority are acting together to control the spread of the virus in Leicester and affected surrounding areas.

People who are clinically extremely vulnerable should continue to shield.

The next review will take place by 31 August.

Read the latest information from Leicester City Council.

Affected local areas

  • Leicester City (restrictions remain)

Local restrictions

In all affected local areas the advice to shield remains in place.

Settings that can open

The following settings can open in Leicester City:

  • non-essential shops
  • schools and educational settings
  • restaurants, cafes and workplace canteens
  • bars and pubs
  • hotels, bed and breakfast accommodation, holiday apartments or homes, cottages or bungalows, campsites, caravan parks or boarding houses
  • places of worship
  • libraries
  • community centres
  • social clubs
  • cinemas and bingo halls
  • theatres and concert halls
  • museums and galleries
  • hair salons and barbers
  • outdoor playgrounds and gyms
  • funfairs, theme parks and adventure parks and activities
  • amusement arcades
  • other indoor facilities including indoor games, recreation and entertainment venues
  • model villages
  • indoor attractions at aquariums, zoos, safari parks, farms, wildlife centres
  • outdoor pools
  • outdoor theatres, opera and music venues, and the resumption of recreational cricket
  • nail bars and salons, tanning booths and salons, spas and beauty salons, massage parlours
  • tattoo parlours, and body and skin piercing services

Setting closures

The following settings must not open in Leicester City:

  • casinos
  • skating rinks
  • bowling alleys
  • indoor play areas, including soft play areas
  • exhibition centres and conference halls
  • indoor gyms
  • indoor fitness and dance studios
  • indoor sports courts and facilities
  • indoor swimming pools, including indoor facilities at water parks

We advise that the following settings and activities should not reopen or restart in Leicester City:

  • indoor performances (even with a social distanced audience)
  • close contact services, which are any treatments on the face such as eyebrow threading or make-up application
  • wedding receptions and celebrations, including for up to 30 people in the form of a sit-down meal

Household restrictions

Your household is only the people you live with, or people within your support bubble (see the support bubbles guidance for Leicester). Living with someone means that you live in the same property and share a kitchen.

People from different households must not meet in a private home or garden. You must not:

  • host people you do not live with in your home or garden, unless theyre in your support bubble
  • meet people you do not live with in their home or garden, whether inside or outside of Leicester, unless theyre in your support bubble

A support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with any other household. Households within a bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight, and visit public places together.

The police will be able to take action against those that break these rules, including asking people to disperse and issuing fixed penalty notices starting at 100.

People aged 18 or over can be fined:

  • 100 for the first offence, lowered to 50 if paid within 14 days
  • 200 for the second offence, then doubling for each further offence up to a maximum of 3,200

People can still come inside your home for specific purposes. The full list of reasons why you may gather with other people within a home or garden is as follows:

  • where everyone in the gathering is a member of the same household (or support bubble)
  • to attend a birth at the mothers request
  • to visit a person the visitor reasonably believes is dying (the visitor can be a member of the persons household, a close family member, friend or, if none of those is visiting, anyone else)
  • to fulfil a legal obligation
  • for work purposes, or for the provision of voluntary or charitable services
  • for the purposes of education or training
  • for the purposes of childcare provided by a person registered under Part 3 of the Childcare Act 2006
  • to provide emergency assistance
  • to enable one or more persons in the gathering to avoid injury or illness or to escape a risk of harm
  • to facilitate a house move
  • to provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person, including relevant personal care within the meaning of paragraph 7(3B) of Schedule 4 to the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006
  • to continue existing arrangements for access to, and contact between, parents and children where the children do not live in the same household as their parents, or one of their parents.

See guidance on working safely in other peoples homes.

Can I meet people outdoors?

You should only socialise in outside public places (like parks) in groups of up to 6 people from multiple households. Gatherings larger than 6 should only take place if everyone is exclusively from 2 households or support bubbles and must not exceed 30 people.

The police will be able to take action against those that gather in groups larger than 30 people, including asking people to disperse and issuing 100 fixed penalty notices.

You should always socially distance from people outside of your household.

There are some exceptions where you may be able to meet in larger groups.

Can I travel in my area?

You should try not to share a car with those outside your household or social bubble. If you need to, try to:

  • share the transport with the same people each time
  • keep to small groups of people at any one time
  • open windows for ventilation
  • travel side by side or behind other people, rather than facing them
  • face away from each other
  • consider seating arrangements to maximise distance between people in the vehicle
  • clean your car between journeys using standard cleaning products make sure you clean door handles and other areas that people may touch
  • ask the driver and passengers to wear a face covering

See more guidance on car sharing and travelling with people outside your household group.

Can I go to a wedding or a funeral?

Weddings, civil partnerships and funerals can still go ahead in these areas, but they should have no more than 30 people from no more than 2 households, and comply with COVID-19 secure guidance and venue capacity.

People living outside of these areas can travel to these areas to attend a wedding, civil partnership or funeral, but they must not meet with another household in a private home or garden.

Wedding receptions or parties should not currently take place. No celebrations involving more than one household or support bubble should take place in a house, garden or indoor public places like hotels, pubs and restaurants. Celebrations outdoors can include up to 6 people from different households. See detailed guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships.

Can I travel outside of my area?

You should not travel outside of your area to meet people other than those in your support bubble, in their homes or gardens, or indoor public places.

You can still go on holiday outside of your area, but you can only do this with people you live with (or have formed a support bubble with).

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