The government is likely to tighten coronavirus restrictions for parts of England on Monday – including the possibility of closing pubs and restaurants, the BBC understands.
The government is expected to introduce three tiers for local lockdowns – as reported by the BBC last week.
But ministers are now discussing how severe the top tier should be.
The Treasury are looking at providing financial support to the hospitality industry in the worst hit areas.
BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg says this support could be spread across the country if there are widespread closures.