Health Secretary Matt Hancock is to meet leaders in the city of Leicester, amid United Kingdom plans to extend a lockdown in the area after a surge in Covid-19 cases, prompting anger from the city mayor.
In addition to the closure of schools, all non-essential retailers will also close for at least the next two weeks.
Hancock told Sky News: "We will be bringing forward a legal change very shortly, in the next couple of days, because some of the measures that we've unfortunately had to take in Leicester will require a legal underpinning. I think in this moment in time we are in the safest place we can be in terms of our work, the stadium also".
Leicester now has 135 cases per 100,000 people - three times the amount of infections in the next highest city. We put in more resources but you're absolutely right but understanding exactly where the spread is, is very important and we have the data to understand exactly where the positive cases are.
He said some colleagues "have had to spend quite a lot of time persuading" contact tracers on the ground to stay in Leicester "as some of them were on occasions seeking to decamp to go and measure elsewhere". "Policing it is going to be something of a challenge until we know actually what the area is to be policed".
Mr Hancock told LBC the Government will not be enforcing the lockdown with fines - but they will impose travel restrictions on the people of Leicester if they don't obey the rules.
Council leader Nick Rushton said it was working with the government to help reduce the number of COVID-19 infections.
A statement from Leicestershire Police said it was a "dynamic situation" and it would "provide proportionate policing under the relevant legislation".
- The Prime Minister said his message was "build, build, build" as the United Kingdom comes out of lockdown.
- The UK economy contracted by more than first thought between January and March as the coronavirus crisis saw activity tumble 2.2% in the joint largest fall since 1979, the ONS said.
The prospect of United Kingdom authorities trying to implement a local lockdown has prompted ridicule on social media, with many people doubting that it could ever work in practice.