Last week, the Government announced that Leicestershire will move into Tier 3 on 2 December after the national lockdown ends
The latest coronavirus rates show progress but there's still work to do to drive down rates, says Mike Sandys, Leicestershire County Council's Director of Public Health.
He said: "Whatever the level, it's still vital we all do the right thing. There could be tough times ahead in January so let's not undo the good work so far."
On Wednesday 2 December 2020, Leicestershire moved to Tier 3 restrictions, meaning people are not able to meet indoors or in most outdoor places with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble.
Pubs, cafes and restaurants will have to stay closed.
Non-essential shops are allowed to re-open along with gyms and leisure centres.
The restrictions mean:
- you must not meet socially indoors or in most outdoor places with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble, including private gardens or at most outdoor venues
- rule of six applies to some outdoor public spaces, including parks, countryside accessible to the public and public gardens
- essential and non-essential shops will be open
- gyms and leisure centres will be open
- pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed unless they are offering takeaway, click-and-collect or delivery services
Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus including high temperature, cough, loss or change in normal sense of smell or taste (anosmia) should visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
or call 119 to book a test.
A reminder that you can also book and take a test at weekends too. Testing site opens at Lutterworth Sport Centre
A temporary coronavirus mobile testing unit has opened this week at Lutterworth Sports Centre car park
Unlike the Market Harborough walk-through site, this will be a drive through unit. As is standard process, tests will be offered by appointment only, so that the queues to the site are limited.
If you show symptoms of coronavirus, book a test at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
or call 119.Town centres reopen
With non-essential shops and businesses able to reopen from 2 December 2020, measures have been put in place to create a safe and enjoyable shopping experience in the run up to Christmas.
We are encouraging people to 'shop local' and to visit shops and businesses in a safe way by observing the guidances 'hands, face, space'.
Re-stencilling of town centre has taken place allowing members of the public to queue safely outside shops.
Businesses are also displaying Covid safety posters in their windows and around their stores.
We have also been helping provide Government grants which have been made available to businesses
to help offset the impact of the second national coronavirus lockdown.