UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced on Tuesday that Leicester would close all its non-essential business as well as schools for at least two weeks, in response to a spike in cases of coronavirus.
The city reportedly carried nearly 10 per cent of all new cases within the UK in the previous week.
Many residents expressed disappointment at the decision, having felt that the worst had already come to pass.
«I was really upset because we'd just got back to work and everything was going back to normal and now it's all shut down again,» said Andrea, a local resident.
Others added that businesses, already reeling from the pandemic, were being especially hurt by the move, saying that the country «can't not work» despite the risks.