Tighter social restrictions could be imposed if coronavirus infections continue to rise, a minister has suggested.
Helen Whately said “we don’t want to” bring in measures taking the UK back towards a second national lockdown but cautioned the government is keeping a “constant eye” on cases.
Asked on Sky News’ Kay Burley show what those changes could be, the care minister pointed to restrictions in parts of northwest and northeast England, where households are banned from mixing.
According to The Times, ministers have been preparing to enforce a social lockdown across much of northern Britain and potentially London – and under the emergency plan, all pubs and restaurants could be ordered to shut for two weeks.
Households would also be banned from meeting each in other in any indoor location, but schools, shops and offices would remain open.