Coronavirus updated advice

Latest updates on the government's response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Leicester local lockdown

The Health Secretary made a statement in the House of Commons last night announcing measures to implement a local lockdown in Leicester and the surrounding areas. The safety of children and the education workforce is of the utmost importance. Nurseries, schools and colleges in Leicester, Oadby, Birstall and Glenfield will only be open to children of critical workers and vulnerable children from Thursday 2 July. This is alongside other steps to halt the relaxation of measures locally to control the spread of the virus.

We are working with the local authorities and individual nurseries, schools and colleges to support them to follow the public health advice. These measures will be reviewed after two weeks. Education and childcare settings should continue to follow the protective measures guidance which sets out the actions they should take if there is a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in their setting.

Regular communication updates

Bulletins are with updates are sent direct to Early Years settings.   If you are an Early Years provider in Leicester and do not receive the bulletin contact

Unchanged guidance

Social distancing

Employer support in response to coronavirus

The government has published a full range of support measures for UK employers and employees:

Coronavirus: business-support


Collection of guidance for educational settings on GOV.UK

All of the Department for Education’s coronavirus guidance for educational settings can now be found in one place on GOV.UK:

Coronavirus: guidance for schools and other education settings

Handwashing advice

The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.  The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found here:

DfE helpline


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