Local Lib Dems ask questions over extended lockdown

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.

Coronavirus / Covid-19 Extended Lockdown

The Covid-19 lockdown has been extended for the City of Leicester and some adjoining areas of Leicestershire, including the whole of the Boruogh of Oadby and Wigston (Oadby, Wigston and South Wigston).

The City of Leicester has seen a rise in Covid-19 cases in June 2020, so the government in Westminster announced on Monday 29th June that an extended lockdown would happen to try and control the spread of the virus.

The government say that the lockdown is due to be reviewed on 18th July.

Where is the lockdown zone?

The map below shows the boundary of the lockdown zone. A postcode checker is available to see if you are inside the boundary. This zone includes Leicester City, Braunstone Town (including Fosse Park), Glenfield, Glen Parva, Leicester Forest East (east of the M1), Thorpe Astley, Birstall, Thurmaston and all areas of Oadby and Wigston.

The extended lockdown zone is the area within the red boundary

Key Updates

Local councils are waiting on extra detail about lockdown measures from the government and how it will be enforced.

Based on announcements so far, Oadby and Wigston Borough Council have the latest information on their Covid-19 page.

Other sources are:

About Covid-19 / Coronavirus

COVID-19 is an illness which can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a coronavirus. There are confirmed cases across the UK and it has been confirmed as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation – that means it’s spreading in multiple countries at the same time.

Getting Help

The links below provide further information on getting help if you require it:

Mental Health and Wellbeing

It is undoubtedly an overwhelming, uncertain time for all of us – and taking care of your physical and mental health is important. The links below can help you foster wellbeing from home and provide sources of help.

Key Updates

Support for Businesses

Oadby and Wigston Borough Council