The government has announced that the whole of England will enter national restrictions on 5th November 2020 until at least 2nd December. Full details of the restrictions are on the government web site.
Note: this article has been further updated to reflect the further changed date of ending lockdown of 1st August, announced on Friday evening. These last-minute changes were made by the government, not Oadby and Wigston Borough Council or the Liberal Democrats.
The Covid-19 lockdown restrictions for the Borough of Oadby and Wigston are to be eased on Saturday 1st August.
According to a statement from the Department of Health and Social Care, from Saturday, residents and businesses in the Borough should the follow national social distancing guidelines, other than for clinically extremely vulnerable people who should continue shielding.
Different rules will apply to the city of Leicester, although they too represent an easing of lockdown there.
Unfortunately. the announcement was communicated in a confusing and incomplete way yesterday with the MP and the Health Secretary releasing bits and pieces of information on social media throughout the evening.
Local Liberal Democrats are concerned that this continued poor communication from the government on such an important issue can lead to residents and businesses being unsure about the current guidance. We hope that the government and MP will learn lessons from yesterday and that future communications will be clearer.
Residents asked to stay alert to danger from the virus
Liberal Democrat Councillors in Oadby and Wigston have backed calls for more data and transparency about the decision to keep the Borough in an extended Covid-19 lockdown.
Since the extended lockdown was announced by the government several weeks ago, John Boyce the Leader of Oadby and Wigston Borough Council, has exchanged letters with Conservative County Council Leader Nick Rushton asking for the additional information.
Councillors in Oadby and Wigston did not make the decision to extend the lockdown: it was decided by the Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary in the Conservative Government, based in part on advice from the County Council Leader.
Local Liberal Democrats believe that residents should have access to the data underlying the decision to keep Oadby and Wigston in lockdown so the reasoning can be better understood and supported.
Virus cases are starting to increase again in many other countries around the world. It is very important that we work together to stop further large outbreaks in the UK. We encourage residents follow the advice to wear masks, keep at least 2 metres distant and get tested if you have the symptoms.