THE LAW will be changed to enforce a Leicester lockdown and cops will crackdown on those who break it, Matt Hancock has warned.
This morning the Health Secretary revealed new laws were coming into force and threatened “further action” if other areas suffer similar spikes in coronavirus cases.
Appearing on Sky News, he announced “in some cases” this would see the police enforce them.
He said: “We will bring forward a legal change very shortly, in the next couple of days.
“Because some of the measures that we’ve had to take in Leicester will require a legal underpinning.
“We will be making the legal change so non-essential shops no longer open, and clearly directly we will communicate with the schools, because schools unfortunately will have to close.
“We are recommending against all but essential travel to and from and within Leicester.
“We will take further action including putting in place laws if that’s necessary but I very much hope it won’t be.
“If further action is needed then of course we are willing to take it.”
Mr Hancock also defended the Government’s “whack-a-mole” strategy for tackling outbreaks.
He said: “The strategy is to allow for the opening up of the rest of the country, giving people their freedoms back where it is safe to do so.
“But we also need alongside that to take local action where there is a specific flare-up.”
Mr Hancock also said there had been “a number of positive cases in the under-18s” detected through coronavirus testing in Leicester.
“That’s why we took the decision, with a heavy heart it has to be said, to close schools in Leicester and in Leicestershire, within the Leicester conurbation.”