Non-essential shops in Leicester will be able to reopen again on Friday 24 July, the Government has confirmed.
Following a spike in coronavirus cases, a local lockdown was imposed on Leicester on 30 June. The UK Government has said that it will begin to ease the lockdown on Leicester from 24 July. However, while schools and 'non-essential' shops will be able to reopen, not all high street businesses will be allowed to reopen straight away.
In his statement, health secretary Matt Hancock said pubs, restaurants and cafes will remain closed as the city continues to control the risk of an increase in Covid-19 infections.
He also advised that councils would be given local powers to close non-essential shops where necessary.
In addition, Hancock also confirmed changes to the lockdown boundary, with the restrictions only applying to the city of Leicester and the borough of Oadby and Wigston from 24 July.