Leicester’s Premier League home clash against Crystal Palace this weekend has been given the green light by the government, despite a local lockdown in the city.
The UK government announced non-essential shops will shut on Tuesday with schools closing from Thursday due to a recent rise in coronavirus cases.
Health secretary Matt Hancock said Leicester had ’10 per cent of all positive cases in the country over the past week’, while urging people in the city to stay home.
He added: “We recommend to people in Leicester, stay at home as much as you can, and we recommend against all but essential travel to, from and within Leicester.”
When asked if Saturday’s match between Leicester and Crystal Palace would go ahead as planned, Hancock replied: “Yes.”
There have been suggestions the match at the King Power Stadium could be moved to a neutral venue.
The Premier League’s chief executive Richard Masters told MPs at a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee evidence session he was waiting for further clarity on the situation.
He did say the league had contingencies to ‘put matches elsewhere or postpone them until it is safe to do so’.
The Premier League is understood to have several neutral venues on standby should the Foxes be told they cannot play matches at the King Power Stadium.
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers appeared to be relaxed over the situation and insisted his squad are safe.
On Monday, he said: “Nothing has changed in terms of how we have been working thus far throughout this situation.
“I have always said we will react accordingly. We have to have agility in this period.
“I think in this moment in time we are in the safest place we can be in terms of our work, the stadium also.
“It is a very safe environment for the games to be in. We will just keep working until we are told otherwise.”
Despite still occupying third place, Leicester are on a poor run of form with only two wins from their last 10 Premier League matches.
The Foxes are just three points ahead of fifth-placed Wolves, but could move further away from their top-four rivals with a win at Everton on Wednesday.