UK coronavirus: Hancock announces local lockdown for Leicester — as it happened

edited June 29 in UK Political Debate

Leicester lockdown extended; UK official death toll rises by 25; parents in England face fines if they refuse to send children back to school in September

A streamlined application process will enable pubs and restaurants to get permission for on-street dining in around 10 days, a measure forming part of the government’s Covid recovery plan.

Outlining reforms aimed at boosting the hospitality sector as it prepares to reopen on 4 July, business secretary Alok Sharma stressed there were safeguards for local councils to refuse applications if they block the highway, the Press Association reports.

A number of people have criticised the health secretary on social media for not having clarified which areas surrounding Leicester will also be affected by the lockdown.

BBC Radio Leicester reports that Oadby, Birstall and Glenfield will also be locked down, and that no travel into the city will be allowed unless it is essential.

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