The British city of Leicester will have certain coronavirus restrictions reimposed because its infection rate is three times higher than the next highest local area, UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock told MPs on Monday evening.
Nonessential shops will close starting Tuesday, and schools will close on Thursday, Hancock said, adding that vulnerable pupils and children of key workers will continue attending class.
Hancock also asked those residing in Leicester to stay at home as much as they can, and recommended against all but essential travel to or from the city and the surroundings.
Pubs, restaurants and hair salons, which will reopen in the rest of England on July 4, will have to remain closed in Leicester.
The UK health secretary said that the decision to reimpose restrictions was "difficult" but that it was "important.
"We do not take these decisions lightly, but with the interests of the people of Leicester in our hearts," Hancock said.
The health secretary denied that the number of known infections in Leicester was higher because more tests were being performed there, saying that the proportion of positive results showed that there was a higher prevalence of the virus in the city.
The measures will be reviewed in two weeks, Hancock said, and urged people to follow the rules.