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The government has advised people not to travel in and out of Leicester unless the journey is essential because of the spread of the Indian variant of Covid-19




The government is advising people not to travel in and out of Leicester unless the trip is essential.

The city is among eight areas across the country where the Indian variant of Covid-19 is spreading fastest.

In order to reduce the risk of transmission, the government is urging people only to travel there for work or education.

The Indian variant is spreading rapidly in Leicester
The Indian variant is spreading rapidly in Leicester

The guidelines suggest that in these areas you should:

  • Avoid travelling in and out of affected areas unless it is essential, for example for work (if you cannot work from home) or education
  • Meet outside rather than inside where possible
  • Keep two metres apart from people that you don’t live with (unless you have formed a support bubble with them)

The affected areas are Leicester, Bedford, Blackburn, Bolton, Burnley, Kirklees, Hounslow and North Tyneside.



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