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Coronavirus in Leicester: latest advice

We must all take action to help stop the spread of coronavirus. Play your part. Protect your community. If you get symptoms, get a test. If you are contacted, take the test.

On 11 September the government confirmed further easing of the lockdown restrictions in Leicester. From Tuesday 15 September, casinos, bowling alleys, conference centres and indoor play areas can reopen.

Beauty salons, tattoo studios and barbers can now offer all close-contact services and treatments.

However, you still cannot:

  • meet family or friends from other households in homes or private gardens unless you have formed a support bubble
  • stay overnight in another person’s home, unless you’ve formed a bubble with them
  • meet up with anyone you don't live with inside a café, bar or restaurant.

Find answers to common questions on the Leicester lockdown.

Remember, although some restrictions have been eased, coronavirus cases are rising both nationally and in Leicester. It is important that you limit your contact with other people as much as possible.The advice in Leicester is:
  • Limit your contact with other people.
  • Stay 2m apart from anyone you do not live with.
  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • Work from home if you can.
  • Wear a face covering on buses, in shops, when dropping or collecting children at school, and in any space where distancing is difficult.
  • Don’t meet up with people in their homes or in any indoor space, or in private gardens.
  • Book a test and self-isolate as soon as symptoms appear.
  • If you test positive, continue to stay at home for at least 10 days and until you feel better. Members of your household should stay at home for 14 days.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus, please get tested as soon as you can. We are aware of the current difficulties people are having booking tests. This is a national issue and is outside the control of the city council. Our advice is to keep trying, or to try alternative testing sites until a test becomes available.

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • high temperature
  • continuous new cough
  • loss of smell
  • loss of taste.

Book your test online at or call 119.

Find answers to common questions about testing.

We currently have test centres open at:

  • Aylestone Leisure Centre
  • Bede Park piazza
  • Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre
  • Birstall Park and Ride
  • Braunstone Leisure Centre
  • Evington Leisure Centre
  • Highfields Centre
  • Overton Road
  • Victoria Park

When you go for your test, wear a face covering and bring a photo ID as well as your booking number.

If you test positive for coronavirus, you must stay at home for at least 10 days and until you feel better. People in your household should stay at home for 14 days.

This summer we carried out thousands of coronavirus tests in the community. Staff and trained volunteers are continuing to knock on doors in target areas to talk to residents about coronavirus. If people have symptoms, we will help direct them to testing facilities.

Currently we plan to visit the following areas. However, the situation is rapidly changing so this schedule may change at short notice.

Thursday 17 September

  • Crown Hills (Robinson Road area)

Friday 18 September

  • Leire Street area

Monday 21 September

  • Stoneygate (Kingsway Road)

Tuesday 22 September

  • Stoneygate (Evington Drive)
  • West End (Bede Park area)

Wednesday 23 September

  • West End (Upperton Rd/Narborough Rd area)

Thursday 24 September

  • Spinney Hill (around Melbourne Road/Diseworth St)

Friday 25 September

  • Charnwood (Mere Road)

Contact tracing is a key part of public health measures to reduce and prevent the spread of coronavirus. The NHS test and trace service contacts those that test positive for coronavirus, provides you with some critical health advice, and asks where you've been recently and who you've been in close contact with.

If you have had a positive test result for coronavirus or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, you will be contacted by text, email, phone call or by household visit by us or the NHS.

This is an effective method of protecting people and slowing the spread of coronavirus by breaking the chain of transmission of the virus.

‘Contact’ means a person who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus and who may or may not live with them.