Leicester vs Crystal Palace postponed: Will match go ahead amid local lockdown?

Cheryl Sanders
July 1, 2020

Mr Hancock said: "We can take further action if we need to and put in place more stringent legal controls but I hope that we don't have to because I hope the people of Leicester will follow the social distancing as necessary".

Action to slow the spread of coronavirus in Leicester over the last 11 days failed to work and tougher measures were needed, the Health Secretary has said. Schools, which have been gradually welcoming children back, have to send them home on Thursday, and residents are being told to make only essential journeys.

A regional flare-up of coronavirus cases means Leicester will not emerge from parts of lockdown as swiftly as the rest of England.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has told LBC the government will impose travel restrictions on people in Leicester if they don't obey the local lockdown.

"The furlough scheme, which will have been open for eight months by October, has been a lifeline for millions of people and as our economy reopens we want that support to continue".

"These Leicester-specific measures will apply not just to the city of Leicester but also the surrounding conurbation including, for example, Oadby, Birstall and Glenfield".

Mr Hancock said the easing of the lockdown planned for the rest of England on July 4 can not happen in Leicester because of rising cases.

He told reporters at a press briefing: "What we said to the Government was, it's all very well telling us that the figures are high in Leicester".

"As yet the government has not announced what it accepts to be the boundary of this lockdown, so policing it is going to be something of a challenge until we know what the area is to be policed", said Leicester Mayor Peter Soulsby.

"We're a long time into this virus and a long time into the testing for us finally to be getting the figures".

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: "Our number one priority has always been to protect jobs and businesses through this outbreak".

The health boss added: "We have not seen any evidence of any widespread community transmission of Covid-19 in Medway". Many were looking forward to reopening this weekend for the first time since lockdown began in March.

"Then we have the opportunity to play those matches elsewhere or postpone them until a date when it is safe to do so".

There was also confusion about the borders of Leicester's new lockdown area.

Responding to reports that a local lockdown could be enforced, Johnson warned that the United Kingdom is not out of the woods yet, saying "We are concerned about Leicester, we are concerned about any local outbreak".

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