Fancy a trip to gym for the first time in five months? Or perhaps you’ve been pining for a dip in the pool at your local leisure centre?
You could be in luck, as the Government has revealed further relaxations of Leicester Lockdown restrictions on how we live, work and travel that will apply from Tuesday.
The Department of Health and Social Care announced on Friday that several restrictions, on leisure activities in particular, will be eased.
But despite a drop in coronavirus infection rates in the city over recent weeks, it looks like certain plans such as meeting up with friends and family for a house party or barbecue may have to wait – for now at least.
Here is the official guide to what you CAN and CAN’T do in Leicester from Tuesday.
- Visit a swimming pool
- Workout in a gym
- Take part in a fitness class
- Attend a dance studio
- Use indoor facilities at water parks
- Play badminton or squash at indoor sports courts
(Note – The city council’s leisure centres will reopen on a phased basis from Monday September 14. Details will be advertised on the council’s website.)
You still cannot
- Meet family or friends from other households in homes or private gardens unless you are already part of a social bubble, or are shielding and therefore now able to form a social bubble
- You cannot stay overnight in another person’s home, unless you’ve formed a bubble with them
- Meet up with anyone from outside your household inside a café, bar or restaurant.
Visit a casino
Visit indoor play areas, including soft play areas
Attend an exhibition centre or conference hall
Enjoy an indoor performance at a theatre (even with a socially distanced audience)
Attend a sit-down meal at a wedding reception or celebration, including for up to 30 people
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 of Leicester, unless they’re in your support bubble (Your household is only the people you live with and any support bubble. A support bubble being when a household with one adult joins with another household. Households within a bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight, and visit public places together.)
Previous changes that applied from Wednesday August 19
- You can visit a beautician, tattooist or nail bar. However, close contact services, such as eyebrow treatments or facials are not permitted.
- Shielded people can meet in a group of up to six people outdoors, including those from other households, while maintaining social distancing.
- Also, single adults who are shielding, including those with children under the age of 18 can form a social bubble with another household who can visit them indoors and stay overnight.
The advice in Leicester remains
- Stay at home as much as possible
- Continue to work from home if you can
- Stay 2m apart from anyone you do not live with
- Wash your hands regularly
- Limit your contact with other people
- Wear a face mask on buses, in shops, in hospitals and in any confined space
- Don’t meet up with people in their homes or in any indoor space
- Book a test and self-isolate as soon as symptoms appear
If you test positive, continue to stay at home for at least 10 days and until you feel better. Members of your household should stay at home for 14 days.
A further review of the Leicester lockdown restrictions is due to be completed by Friday, when they could be eased further, providing that infection rates continue to fall.