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Map reveals which areas are affected by UK’s first localised lockdown

A map has been published that shows where Leicester's localised lockdown will be in force.

The areas include Leicester city centre as well as suburban parts of Leicestershire, including Wigston, Oadby and Blaby.

Image: The Highcross shopping centre in Leicester is seen empty on Tuesday morning

Businesses within the boundary, such as non-essential shops, must remain closed for a further two weeks.

This means the city's bars, restaurants and hairdressers will not open on 4 July, unlike the rest of England. The relaxation of shielding planned for 6 July will also not go ahead.

Shops that were allowed to reopen on 15 June have to close as of today.

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Schools will also close from 2 July, but will stay open for children of key workers and vulnerable children.

People are being urged to make essential journeys only and stay at home as much as they can.

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It comes after Leicestershire saw a spike in COVID-19 cases – prompting the government to impose the first local lockdown in the UK.

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The following areas in Blaby District are affected by the restrictions:

  • Braunstone Town (including Fosse Park)
  • Glenfield
  • Glen Parva
  • Leicester Forest East (East of the M1)
  • Thorpe Astley

In Charnwood, the extended lockdown applies in:

  • Birstall
  • Thurmaston

Leicestershire County Council, which published the map, has said it is working on a postcode checker for those who are unsure about if their home falls within the red boundary line.

Leicester's mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said on Tuesday that the local authority and experts are still trying to work out where the virus is in the city.

He added: "We do still need to know more about where it is in the community.

"I've had lots of speculation and lots of questions about where it is in the community and we have not as yet been able to give satisfactory answers even to ourselves, no matter anybody else, about which parts of the community need the intervention.

"Which neighbourhoods, which communities, indeed which streets."

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Image: An aerial view of Leicester city centre is seen on Tuesday morning

Council leader Nick Rushton said it was working with the government to help reduce the number of COVID-19 infections.

He said in a statement: "Clearly coronavirus does not adhere to lines on a map. And although county rates are below the national and regional averages, we can&#Read More – Source