UK to change law to reimpose Leicester lockdown

World | 30 Jun 2020 10:54 pm

UK ministers will change the law to enforce the local coronavirus lockdown in Leicester, the health secretary has told Sky News.

"We will be bringing forward a legal change very shortly in the next couple of days," Matt Hancock said.

"Some of the measures that we've unfortunately had to take in Leicester will require a legal underpinning."

Hancock said that "in some cases" the coronavirus lockdown will be enforced by the police, with legal changes brought in to ensure non-essential retail is no longer open.

The city is reimposing restrictions  following a spike in coronavirus patients.

A total of 10% of all positive cases in the country in the past week have come in the East Midlands city, which means the easing of lockdown across England on Saturday will not take place in Leicester.

Pubs, restaurants, cafes, hairdressers and barbers will remain shut, with people advised against all but essential travel.

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