Leicester businesses react to government's second lockdown on the city

Leicester has become the first city in Britain to be plunged back into lockdown after public health officials expressed alarm at a significant rise in Covid-19 cases.

Shops that only reopened on June 15 have been ordered to close from today, schools will be shut from Thursday to all but vulnerable pupils and the children of key workers, pubs and restaurants will remain shut on July 4 and a proposed relaxation of shielding on July 6 has been cancelled.

The lockdown will cover the whole of one of Britain’s biggest cities as well as the “local conurbation” and is expected to remain in place until at least mid-July. It will be reviewed in two weeks’ time.

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