Leicester will be able to begin easing lockdown restrictions after health secretary Matt Hancock says people can now visit restaurants and pubs. The Midlands city was forced to go back into lockdown at the end of June as coronavirus cases rose dramatically.
Liz Kendall, MP for Leicester West, tweeted: “Just been on call with Minister about #LeicesterLockdown.
“The great news is our pubs, cafes, bars & restaurants can re-open and people can go on holiday with their own household.
“But leisure centres, gyms & pools still closed, and no meeting up with other households indoors.
“This has been an unbelievably difficult period for our city but peoples hard work & sacrifices have paid off.
Leicester easing lockdown restrictions
Leicester went back into lockdown in June
“However the Govt’s handling of this lockdown has been totally shambolic and lessons must be learnt for the future to prevent others going through the same.”
Following the reassuring news, Labour MP for Leicester East, Claudia Webbe, announced Eid celebrations can take place in places of worship as long as social distancing measures are observed.
She tweeted: “So just finished a call with Govt Ministers and Health Officials.
“No Eid with others in private homes or gardens except ‘single household bubbles’ but places of worship allowed as long as strict social distancing in place in accordance with the regulations.”
Leicester is easing lockdown restrictions
Leicester became the UK’s first local lockdown after a spike in coronavirus cases.
People or businesses that repeatedly flout the new law could have received fines of up to £3,200.
Limits on social gatherings and a ban on the reopening of hotels, pubs and restaurants were all included in the new legislation.
This news comes just minutes after Mr Hancock announced further local lockdown restrictions.
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As of midnight tonight, people meeting indoors in Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire and East Lancashire is banned.
Mr Hancock tweeted: “We’re constantly looking at the latest data on the spread of coronavirus, and unfortunately we’ve seen an increasing rate of transmission in parts of Northern England.
“We’ve been working with local leaders across the region, and today I chaired a meeting of the Local Action Gold Committee. Based on the data, we decided that in Greater Manchester, parts of West Yorkshire & East Lancashire we need to take immediate action to keep people safe.
“The spread is largely due to households meeting and not abiding to social distancing. So from midnight tonight, people from different households will not be allowed to meet each other indoors in these areas.
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“We take this action with a heavy heart, but we can see increasing rates of covid across Europe and are determined to do whatever is necessary to keep people safe.”
Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, welcomed the lockdown restrictions and said it is right to act on the precautionary principle.
He said: “Over recent days, there has been a marked change in the picture across Greater Manchester with regard to the spread of Covid-19.
“We have gone from a falling rate of cases in nearly all of our boroughs last week to a rising rate in nine out of 10 affecting communities across a much wider geography.
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“In Rochdale, the one borough where cases have fallen, they are still too high.
“We have always said that we will remain vigilant and be ready to respond quickly should the need arise.
“In line with that approach, I have agreed with the Health Secretary that it is right to act on the precautionary principle and introduce modest measures now to bring down the rate of new infections.
“I ask all Greater Manchester residents – young and old alike – to protect each other by observing these new requirements.
“They will be reviewed weekly; meaning the more we stick to them, the quicker they will be removed.
“This is a place which prides itself on looking out for each other. We now need to be true to that by not acting selfishly and keeping the health of others in mind at all times.”