Posted: Thu 30th Jul 2020
The government has allocated £3m in funding to help businesses in Leicester deal with the impact of the local lockdown.
The city and some surrounding areas were returned to lockdown on 29 June with non-essential businesses forced to close following a spike in coronavirus cases.
Some restrictions have since been eased with non-essential shops allowed to reopen last Friday but only essential travel in the city is still allowed.
Local MPs called for extra grants to help local firms and in a letter today, health secretary Matt Hancock said Leicester City Council will receive £2.6m for business support, with £400,000 provided to Oadby and Wigston.
The government is expected to announce an update today on whether the local lockdown will be eased or extended.
Figures on Wednesday showed that Leicester recorded 48 COVID-19 cases of coronavirus over a 24-hour period, up from eight the day before. Oadby and Wigston has recorded no new cases for two days running.
Eagerly awaiting the news today if Leicester will be out of lockdown, and we can get back to supporting local and independent businesses in the city. The city has been under enough strain now @BIDLeicester @One_Leices @DiscoverLeices @visit_leicester pic.twitter.com/3ffYU7XuMG
— BE-LAVIE (@be_lavie) July 30, 2020
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