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

Clay Curtis
July 1, 2020

What are the lockdown rules in Leicester?

10% of all new cases of Covid-19 in the country have been in the East Midlands town.

Regarding travel restrictions, the Health Secretary said "we will if we have to", but he added he hoped people in the city would "do the right thing".

Mr Hancock said the government was still analysing the exact reasons behind the rise of cases in Leicester.

The planned easing of some restrictions in England on Saturday will not go ahead in Leicester.

"That's why we took the decision, with a heavy heart it has to be said, to close schools in Leicester and in Leicestershire, within the Leicester conurbation", he said.

It came as Prime Minister Boris Johnson thanked the people of Leicester for their "forbearance" in dealing with the new coronavirus restrictions.

Speaking in the House of Commons on Monday night, Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced that from Tuesday 30 June, non-essential shops in the city will be forced to close, and starting from Thursday 2 July, schools will be shut to all but the most vulnerable children, as well as the children of key workers.

"So we've been taking this highly localised approach but unfortunately that targeted action wasn't working in Leicester and that's why we have taken this much broader measure".

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"On travel, we are recommending against travel unless it is essential but we are not putting that in place in law at this stage", he said.

A statement from Leicestershire Police said it was a "dynamic situation" and it would "provide proportionate policing under the relevant legislation".

Mr Hancock added: "We are providing funding for local support".

- The number of deaths involving Covid-19 in the United Kingdom is now just under 55,000, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Many were looking forward to reopening this weekend for the first time since lockdown began in March.

Mr Hancock said there had been "an unusually high incidence" of coronavirus among children in Leicester but stressed that youngsters were at low risk of serious illness from coronavirus.

"If what is happening in Leicester - we're waiting to hear - does affect the club's ability to host home games - either the match on Saturday against Crystal Palace at 3pm - or subsequent matches, then we have the opportunity to put those matches elsewhere or postpone until a date when it is safe to do so".

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".

Another commenter claimed the only way it could work was if "armed guards" surrounded the city and suggested that people who worked outside of the lockdown area may face a dilemma.

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