The new emergency lockdown plan could be enforced across northern England and London in the coming days, according to a report in the Times.
Ministers are believed to be preparing a second lockdown for certain parts of the country, with hospitality businesses compelled to close for at least a two-week period in a bid to combat a second wave of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Households would also be banned indefinitely from meeting each other in any indoor location. However, schools, shops and workplaces will be allowed to stay open under the new measures.
The proposal was initially presented at the cabinet’s Covid-19 strategy committee ahead of last week’s announcement that hospitality businesses had to adhere to a 10pm curfew. It was, however, rejected by a group of six ministers led by Boris Johnson, according to the Times.
It is understood that the first total lockdowns are likely to be imposed in Merseyside and the North East of England, areas which have reported a spike in cases of Coronavirus over the past few weeks, and that Greater Manchester and Leeds are also being considered.