The Leader of Leicestershire County Council has underlined that keeping residents safe is the priority, following Matt Hancock's statement this evening (Monday).
Protecting residents is our main concern and we’re working closely with Leicester City Council and the Government to bring down the number of cases.
Clearly coronavirus does not adhere to lines on a map. And although county rates are below the national and regional averages, we can’t be complacent and it makes sense to step up restrictions in areas closer to the city.
This is the first localised lockdown on this scale and undoubtedly there will be issues to iron out. I understand this is disappointing news for residents, parents of schoolchildren and businesses when most of the country is opening back up but it’s crucial that people follow the latest advice. Observing social distancing, handwashing, wearing a face mask where required and getting tested if you have symptoms remain vital.
Our actions play a key role in shaping what happens next and I encourage people to heed the advice and play their part in helping to save lives and livelihoods.Person:Nick Rushton, leader of Leicestershire County Council