A report in The Times claims regulations would include a ban on indoor mixing.
Furthermore, leaked minutes reportedly indicate SAGE scientists believe more stringent measures are needed “very soon”.
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The report says meeting others indoors – except for work purposes – could be banned.
Furthermore, pubs and restaurants would only serve outdoors.
The Financial Times also reports that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has a number of ‘Plan C’ options.
These reportedly range from from “mild guidance to nudge people, right through to lockdown”. The PM reportedly favours guidance.
Another COBRA meeting
Elsewhere, other reports indicate another COBRA meeting with leaders of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is planned for this weekend.
It comes after three record-breaking days as the Omicron variant spreads, with over 93,000 cases announced yesterday (Friday December 17).
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Hospital admissions are also rising.
In Scotland people are urged to limit contacts. And in Wales, nightclubs will close from Boxing Day.
Furthermore, England’s chief medical officer Prof Chris Whitty has called on people to “prioritise” their social plans.
Support for businesses
Meanwhile, the Treasury has come under fire for measures to support the hospitality sector and support for the devolved nations.
Welsh leader Mark Drakeford said efforts ares “severely constrained” by the Treasury’s “refusal to open vital support schemes, such as furlough”.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak held virtual meetings with business leader yesterday following his trip to California.
A Treasury spokesperson said: “We recognise how important the festive period is for so many businesses. The Government will continue to engage constructively on how it can best provide ongoing support to the businesses and sectors affected.”
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