UK coronavirus live: Hancock announces extension of lockdown in Leicester

Leicester lockdown extended; UK official death toll rises by 25; parents in England face fines if they refuse to send children back to school in September

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Rakesh Parmar, who owns Ye Olde Sweet Shoppe in Leicester city centre, told the Press Association that the further restrictions will affect him “financially very, very badly”.

He said: “The impact of coronavirus hit us on March 23, we closed for 10 weeks, and then opened again on June 15 - it’s been one long slog.

9.29pm BST

The Government’s extension of Leicester’s lockdown has been criticised by businesses, saying the measures “won’t make a difference”, the Press Association reports.

The health secretary said the national lockdown easing would not be happening in the city, meaning pubs, hairdressers and restaurants would not be able to open alongside other areas of the UK.

We were all geared up ready to open on July 4 but, from reading the Government guidelines, they clearly haven’t consulted anybody in our profession.

The furthest we can work away from someone is 0.5 metres and they are telling us our clients don’t have to wear masks and we don’t have to wear masks - just a visor.

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