Coronavirus Information

Exit from National Lockdown - July 2021

The national lockdown restrictions in England were lifted on Monday 19th January 2021.

The rules are now as follows:

  • People do not need to stay 2 metres apart from people they do not live with. There are no limits on the number of people that can meet in groups. Covid-19 has not gone away and there is guidance on the actions people can take to keep themselves and others safe.
  • The requirement to wear face coverings in law has been lifted however it is recommended and expected that people wear face coverings in crowded areas.
  • The government is no longer instructing people to work from home if they can.
  • To help stop the spread of covid-19 in workplaces, it is recommended that:
    • where possible steps are taken to increase the amount of ventilation
    • there continues to be an increased cleaning regime
    • people are encouraged to wash their hands regularly and hand sanitisers are provided where possible.
  • Any staff or volunteers with covid-19 symptoms must self-isolate. You should not allow someone you know is self-isolating, to come to work.
  • Clinically extremely vulnerable people are advised, as a minimum, to follow the same guidance as everyone else. You can read further guidance on protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable.
  • The government encourages organisations in higher risk settings to use the NHS Covid Pass as a condition of entry, in order to reduce the risk of covid-19. This will especially be the case in large crowded settings where people are likely to be in close proximity to others outside their household.

Conversations About Covid

Leicestershire County Council in undertaking a project to explore and capture the experiences of Leicestershire residents, in terms of the impacts of the pandemic on our communities.

We would like to hear from you, about your experiences of the pandemic, how it has affected you and those around you.

You can find out more about this project in this section of the website.

Transport to Appointments during the Pandemic

A number of community based organisations and charities are offering transport to appointments for people who require support with getting to appointments, including Covid vaccination and other medical appointments.

You can find out more about the community transport provision in your area, in this section of the website.

Rapid Community Testing for Covid

You may be eligible for a rapid asymptomatic community test (lateral flow test) if:

  • you are key worker;
  • you are not currently able to work from home;
  • you do not currently have symptoms of Coronavirus

You can find details of the places in Leicestershire and Leicester City which are offering free, rapid community-based Covid tests on this section of the website.

Information and Support

As we know, the impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic were felt all over the world.

Here in Leicestershire, we are committed to ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of all of our residents and communities.

We will continue to post relevant information regarding Coronavirus here on the Leicestershire Communities website.

Below are a series of links to other websites providing information about Coronavirus.

If you are concerned that you may have symptoms of Coronavirus, contact NHS 111.