COVID-19: Leicester restrictions update

DMU welcomes the partial relaxation of Leicester restrictions announced by Health Secretary Matt Hancock in the House of Commons on Thursday 16 July. We are pleased that the Secretary of State noted the "real and tangible" results in the city to date and that the zone affected by continued restrictions has been reduced. 

We support the continued restrictions, and the further review of them on Thursday 30 July, and would join the Secretary of State in paying tribute to the efforts of our city thus far. 

Here at DMU we continue to work hard to ensure our campus is safe for students and staff when the new term begins, as planned, on Monday 5 October. 

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We understand the challenge this extension presents and the uncertainty this situation creates. But, equally, we see first-hand, every day, how the people of Leicester – including our staff and students – rise above these challenges and frustrations, through volunteering, businesses adapting and innovating and our students and staff finding generous and creative ways to educate, entertain and share ideas throughout the pandemic.  

In his address to Parliament, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said to the people of Leicester and Leicestershire: "I'd like to pay tribute to you all. Your perseverance and your hard work has brought real and tangible results. And you have shown respect for one another.

"I understand this hasn't been easy. So please get a test if you have symptoms. Keep following the rules that are in place. Please do not lose your resolve. Because the sooner we get this virus under control, the sooner we can restore life in Leicester, and across the country, to normal."

The best sources for the very latest and accurate local information are both the Leicester City and Leicestershire County Council websites.

Despite restrictions across Leicester, there is a huge amount of spirit and unity within the community of our great city. Today (Friday 17 July), we join the #TogetherInHope campaign showcasing everything there is to celebrate about the city we call home.

With the pandemic gripping the nation since March, there has never been more of a need for compassion, generosity and support. We're so inspired by the kindness of our DMU community in supporting people and businesses across the city. Here are some of the ways you've been helping.

Posted on Friday 17th July 2020

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