A stricter lockdown in Leicester will be eased after a drop in coronavirus cases, Matt Hancock has said.
The health secretary told the House of Commons some restrictions would be lifted from 24 July “but not all” following a prolonged lockdown.
The city remained under strict measures from 29 June after a spike in cases.
Restrictions on schools and nurseries will be lifted but bars remain closed as virus rates “still remain well above the national average”, Mr Hancock said.
A new local power will be used to close shops selling non-essential items where necessary, he added.
Bars and restaurants in the city will still not be allowed to open, with the rules due to be reviewed in two weeks.
Mr Hancock said: “Some say that the local lockdown is unnecessary.
“I wish this were true, but sadly it remains vital for the health of everyone in Leicester and the rest of the country that these restrictions stay in place.
“We will review them again in a fortnight. I hope that this careful easing of restrictions will provide some comfort to people in Leicester and Leicestershire.”