Leicester: local restrictions

Find out what restrictions are in place if you live, work or travel in the Leicester area.

Additional businesses and venues can reopen in Leicester City from 8 and 15 September. Other restrictions remain in place.

A local outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) has been identified in Leicester City and the borough of Oadby and Wigston. The government and local authority are acting together to control the spread of the virus in Leicester and affected surrounding areas.

The next review will take place by 25 September.

Read the latest information from Leicester City Council.

Affected local areas

  • Leicester (city council area)
  • Oadby and Wigston (borough council area), from Tuesday 22 September

Local restrictions

Business and venue closures

The following businesses and venues must remain closed nationally, including in the affected local areas:

  • nightclubs, dance halls, and discotheques
  • sexual entertainment venues and hostess bars

As of 15 September, the following businesses and venues can now reopen in Leicester City:

  • casinos
  • indoor skating rinks
  • bowling alleys
  • indoor play areas, including soft play areas
  • exhibition centres and conference halls for external attendees

Guidance has also changed to advise the following settings and activities can now reopen or restart in the affected local areas:

  • indoor performances
  • close contact services
  • wedding receptions and celebrations, including for up to 30 people in the form of a sit-down meal

Social contact restrictions

If you live in the affected local areas, you must not:

  • host people you do not live with in your home or garden, unless they’re in your support bubble
  • meet people you do not live with in their home or garden, whether inside or outside the affected local areas, unless they’re in your support bubble

Your household is only the people you live with and any support bubble.

A support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with another household (on an exclusive basis). Households within a bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight, and visit public places together.

People can still come inside your home or garden for specific purposes set out in law:

  • where everyone in the gathering is a member of the same household (or support bubble)
  • to attend a birth at the mother’s request
  • to visit a person who is dying
  • to fulfil a legal obligation
  • for work purposes (see guidance on working safely in other people’s homes, or for the provision of voluntary or charitable services
  • for the purposes of education or training
  • for the purposes of childcare provided by a registered provider
  • to provide emergency assistance
  • to enable one or more persons in the gathering to avoid injury or illness or to escape a risk of harm
  • to facilitate a house move
  • to provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person
  • to continue existing arrangements for access to, and contact between, parents and children where the children do not live in the same household as their parents, or one of their parents

The police will be able to take action against those who break these rules, including asking people to disperse and issuing fixed penalty notices starting at £100 for those who participate in illegal gatherings.

People aged 18 or over can be fined:

  • £100 for the first offence, lowered to £50 if paid within 14 days
  • £200 for the second offence, then doubling for each further offence up to a maximum of £3,200

The government has already introduced fines for those who hold illegal gatherings of over 30 people. Holding or being involved in the holding of an illegal gathering of more than 30 people is an offence, and Police may issue fines of £10,000 to those who break the law.

When meeting friends and family you do not live with (or have formed a support bubble with) you must not meet in a group of more than 6. Further detail can be found in the guidance for meeting others safely, including associated exemptions.

If you live in the affected local areas you must not meet or host people you do not live with in private homes or gardens unless they are in your support bubble. In addition to these restrictions, we advise that you should not:

  • socialise with people you do not live with, unless they’re in your support bubble, in any public venues. This applies to inside and outside of Leicester. Examples of public venues include pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centres, leisure and entertainment venues, or visitor attractions and parks
  • visit friends or family in care homes, other than in exceptional circumstances. Care homes should restrict visits to these circumstances

If you operate a business or organise events within Leicester you should take steps to ensure people do not socialise with people they do not live with, in line with COVID-19 secure guidance.

Travel restrictions

You should follow all relevant transport guidance when making a journey into, within or out of the affected local areas.

You must wear a face covering on public transport and in substantially enclosed areas of transport hubs in England (as well as a range of other indoor premises). You will be breaking the law if you fail to do so and could be fined. Some people do not have to wear a face covering including for age, health, or disability reasons.

You should try not to share a car with those outside your household or support bubble. If you need to, try to:

  • share a car with the same people each time
  • keep to small groups of people at any one time
  • open windows for ventilation
  • travel side by side or behind other people, rather than facing them, where seating arrangements allow
  • face away from each other
  • consider seating arrangements to maximise distance between people in the vehicle
  • clean your car between journeys using standard cleaning products – make sure you clean door handles and other areas that people may touch
  • ask the driver and passengers to wear a face covering

See more guidance on car sharing and travelling with people outside your household group.

If you live in the affected local areas, you can travel outside them. However, you must not meet people you do not live with in their home or garden, whether inside or outside of Leicester, unless they’re in your support bubble.

You can still go on holiday outside of your area, but you can only do this with people you live with (or have formed a support bubble with).

There is separate guidance on what to do if you have booked holiday accommodation in an area with local restrictions.

Team sport and physical activity

You can continue to take part in organised sporting or licensed physical activity in groups of more than 6. This can be in any public place – indoors or outdoors – but not in a private outdoor space like a garden or inside a private home.

These activities either need to be organised by a national governing body, club, registered instructor/coach, business or charity, and/or involve someone who has received an official licence to use equipment relevant to the activity. In all cases, the organiser must conduct a risk assessment and ensure compliance with COVID-19 secure guidance.

You should only be playing team sports where the relevant governing body has published guidance on how to do so safely. See a list of team sports governing bodies which have developed guidance. For all other sports, guidance is available from your governing body and details on how to safely undertake this activity within an organised environment.

Organised dance and exercise classes can take place in groups of more than 6, where a risk assessment has been carried out, but you should limit your social interaction with other participants. The relevant indoor sport facilities guidance or outdoor guidance must be followed for these activities. Organised sport and physical activity events are allowed provided they follow guidance for the public on the phased return of outdoor sport and recreation in England.

Weddings and funerals

In line with the rules across the whole of England, you must not meet in a group of more than 6 people in any location. Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies and receptions, funerals (including ceremonies at crematoria) and other religious or belief based life-cycle ceremonies are exempt. Up to 30 people are allowed to attend these events, including in the affected local areas. Anyone working at these ceremonies or events are not included as part of the 30-person limit.

These events should comply with the COVID-19 secure guidance and venue capacity. See detailed guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships.

People living outside of the affected local areas can travel to these areas to attend a wedding, civil partnership ceremony or funeral, but they must not meet with another household in a private home or garden.

Religious ceremonies and places of worship

You may attend a mosque, church, synagogue, temple or other place or worship, but you should socially distance from people outside of your household. This means maintaining a distance of 2 metres, or 1 metre with mitigations (such as wearing face coverings).

If possible, prayer or religious services should take place outdoors.

Going to work

People living inside and outside of the affected local areas can continue to travel in and out for work. Workplaces should implement COVID-19 secure guidance.


If you live in Leicester City and you are clinically extremely vulnerable, then you should continue to shield until the 5 October.

From the 5 October formal shielding will be paused in your area. Instead, guidance will be provided locally about how to manage your risk of exposure to the virus. You can see more details on the City Council website.

It’s important that you continue to take precautions after 5 October. Find out more from the general guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people.

People who are clinically extremely vulnerable should continue to shield.


You can continue to use early years and childcare settings, including childminders and providers offering before or after school clubs or other out-of-school settings for children. You can also continue to employ nannies – see guidance on working safely in other people’s homes.

Friends or family who do not live with you must not visit your home to help with childcare unless they are part of your support bubble. The only people who should help you with childcare in your home are people you live with, people in your support bubble, or registered childcare providers including nannies.

Children of parents who are separated can continue to move between households.

Schools and colleges (face coverings)

In education settings where pupils and students in year 7 and above are educated, face coverings should be worn by staff, visitors and pupils/students when moving around in corridors and communal areas where social distancing is difficult to maintain. It is not necessary to wear face coverings in the classroom, where protective measures already mean the risks are lower and they may inhibit teaching and learning.

Moving home

People can move home. Estate and letting agents as well as removals firms can continue to work and people looking to move home can continue to undertake viewings.

Find out how local lockdown affects:

If you have coronavirus symptoms get a test and stay at home.

Published 17 July 2020
Last updated 21 September 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated 'shielding' section: from the 5 October formal shielding will be paused in Leicester City. Instead, guidance will be provided locally about how to manage your risk of exposure to the virus. You can see more details on the City Council website.

  2. Updated to add the borough of Oadby and Wigston to the areas affected by these restrictions. The guidance on this page has been updated in line with guidance for other areas on England that have local restrictions, for example on team sport, shielding, childcare, and face coverings in schools and colleges.

  3. Updated guidance about the businesses and venues that can now reopen. Also updated guidance about the settings and activities that can now reopen or restart.

  4. Updated with information on the restrictions that will come into force on 14 September.

  5. Updated for 8 September guidance.

  6. Updated with information on the restrictions that will be lifted from 8 September.

  7. Updated to provide additional information on how people in Leicester are advised to gather. Added new section to guidance 'Can I go to a wedding or funeral?'.

  8. Updated to reflect that the following businesses and venues can re-open in Leicester City from 19 August: outdoor pools, outdoor theatres, opera and music venues, recreational cricket, nail bars and salons, tanning booths and salons, spas and beauty salons, massage parlours, tattoo parlours, and body and skin piercing services.

  9. Added information that police can issue fixed penalty notices up to a maximum of £3,200 for people who break the law on meeting in private homes and gardens, and for gatherings over 30 people in outdoor public spaces. Added sections on 'Can I meet people outdoors?', 'Can I travel in my area?' and 'Can I travel outside of my area?' Also makes clear that the national easements for 15 August will not apply to Leicester City.

  10. Added 'household restrictions' section to the page. This covers the rules around meeting people from different households in more detail.

  11. Updated to say the next review will take place by 14 August.

  12. Small changes to wording to make the section on local restrictions in Leicester City clearer.

  13. Updated to say that lockdown restrictions will be lifted for the Borough of Oadby and Wigston from 1 August. Updated travel guidance for Leicester City to say that you should not travel outside of this area to meet people in their homes or gardens. You can still travel, but you should only do this with people you live with (or have formed a support bubble with).

  14. Page updated in line with the latest government guidance.

  15. Changed review date to 30 July and added link to Leicester City Council advice on shielding.

  16. Updated to reflect that additional lockdown restrictions have now ended in Charnwood and Blaby, and some restrictions have now been relaxed in Leicester City and the Borough of Oadby and Wigston. However, the advice to shield remains in place in all these areas.

  17. Restructured the guidance to make the restrictions for different areas clearer.

  18. First published.