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The midlands city and its surrounding areas did not enjoy the same summer as the rest of the UK, with restrictions on meeting and prolonged closure of hospitality venues. Leicester never fully emerged from being the first area to come under local restrictions after a rise in cases back in June.
On June 30, the rest of the UK was looking forward to restrictions being lifted after months of national lockdown, with the prospect of pubs and restaurants due to reopen within a matter of days.
But Leicester was not so lucky – while the infection rate dropped everywhere else, it rose again in Leicester, holding it back from the loosening of restrictions.
Non-essential shops were forced to close again, schools shut their doors and hospitality venues were not allowed to reopen on July 4.
What Tier is Leicester in? Is Leicester still in lockdown?
The city of Leicester is currently subject to Tier 2 restrictions, with surrounding areas mostly subject to Tier 1 national restrictions.
Oadby is also in the Tier 2 bracket.
Leicester currently has a seven-day infection rate of 152.4 cases per 100,000.
Cases within the city have not risen as quickly as neighbouring Nottingham or England’s other large cities in recent weeks.
Surrounding areas, such as North West Leicestershire, Melton, Hinckley and Bosworth, Harborough, Charnwood, and Blaby are all currently under Tier 1 restrictions.
Some 16.4 million people are currently under Tier 2 restrictions across the country.
Under the Tier 2 restrictions, people cannot meet with anyone they do not live with indoors unless they are part of a support bubble.
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The rule of six applies for socialising outside, and pubs, bars and restaurants have a 10pm curfew.
Elsewhere, millions more have been plunged into further restrictions as cases rise exponentially throughout the country.
Mr Hancock announced London, along with Essex, Elmbridge, Barrow-in-Furness, York, North East Derbyshire, Erewash and Chesterfield will move into the second tier of measures – including a ban on households mixing indoors, including pubs and restaurants.
The devolved nations are also taking steps to prevent further spread of the virus, including the closure of schools in Northern Ireland starting today, and further measures on pubs and restaurants.
Starting on Friday, October 16, Wales will completely ban travellers from high-risk areas in England entering the country.
Nicola Sturgeon is thought to be considering similar measures for Scotland and has urged Scots not to travel to areas of the UK under restrictions.
On Thursday, a further 18,980 coronavirus cases were recorded in the UK.
The latest figures bring the total number of positive cases to 673,622 and the total number of coronavirus-related deaths to 43,293.
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