What restrictions are being lifted, and when is the next review?

What are the rules?

On July 16, Matt Hancock said that the council will be given powers to reopen some non-essential retail stores where it is deemed safe, but pubs, restaurants and many shops will remain closed.

Restrictions on non-essential travel and gatherings of more than six people will continue to be enforced.

Meanwhile, schools were closed to all except for vulnerable children and children of key workers. 

The city’s businesses, including pubs, restaurants and hair salons, were blocked from reopening alongside business in the rest of England on July 4.

Residents have been told to stay at home where possible, avoid non-essential journeys and maintain a two-metre distance while out in public. 

When will the lockdown be reviewed?

The Health Secretary also said that the Government will review Leicester’s lockdown “in a fortnight”, on July 30.

Matt Hancock said: “I hope that this careful easing of restrictions will provide some comfort to people in Leicester and Leicestershire.

“And I’d say this directly to the people of Leicester and of Leicestershire: I pay tribute to you all.

“Your perseverance and your hard work has brought real and tangible results and you’ve shown respect for one another.

“The sooner we get this virus under control, the sooner we can restore life in Leicester and across the country to normal.”

When might the lockdown end?

The Health Secretary has said that schools and nurseries will reopen from July 24 and some non-essential retail businesses can reopen.

However, other restrictions, such as transport and meeting in groups of six, will remain in force, while pubs and restaurants still cannot reopen. 

The lockdown has been in place since June 29 and is expected to last until at least the end of July. 

Mr Hancock said that Covid-19 rates in the city “still remain well above the national average and the average for surrounding areas”.