TV director Douglas Mackinnon tweeted: “Dominic Cummings is on his way to Leicester to check everything is going well, and to hand out maps to Barnard Castle for anyone who wants to check their eyesight is ok for driving.”
They joked the Prime Minister’s chief of staff would be advising residents to drive to Barnard Castle to “test their eyesight”, as he claims he did in April to much derision.
The Prime Minister’s chief of staff has been the subject of much derision since his notorious April road trip, and some say Leicester locals may be tempted to copy him
Critics took to social media to mock Dominic Cummings over the Leicester lockdown yesterday.
Others blamed PM Boris Johnson ‘s chief adviser for undermining the lockdown by driving from London to Durham while he and his wife were ill with coronavirus symptoms.
Another Twitter user wrote: “People of Leicester looking forward to adopting the Dominic Cummings approach to lockdown.”
Mr Cummings notoriously refused to apologise for flouting lockdown rules back in April, nor did he face any known repercussions from the Prime Minister.
One wrote: “A big problem we’re going to have with the Leicester outbreak is that, thanks to Dominic Cummings, there’s a decent shout that everyone’s just going to ignore the local quarantine and drive somewhere the pubs are open.”
It came after the city’s infection rate hit 135 per 100,000 people, a figure which Health Secretary Matt Hancock told MPs is three times higher than the next highest local area.
Leicester was placed in a local lockdown on Monday as all non-essential shops were shut and schools closed to most pupils in a huge move announced by the government.
The new measures will be reviewed again in two weeks time.
When many cases are found in one setting, such as a hospital or a care home, the government has statutory powers to close down a local area, Mr Hancock said.
“We will take further action including putting in place laws if that’s necessary, but I very much hope it won’t be.”
“We are recommending against all but essential travel to and from and within Leicester,” he said.