Prime Minister Boris Johnson is reportedly set to announce new restrictions within the hospitality sector which could see pubs and restaurants ordered to close.
It is expected that large swathes of North England where infections are surging will see measures tighten by the weekend.
According to the Financial Times, the areas will include Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle and Nottingham.
Another claim by The Sun newspaper, reports that restrictions within the hospitality sector could come into effect from Monday.
Johnson is expected to reveal a simplistic three tier local lockdown, known as the “Rule of 3” next week.
The three Tier rule will see Tier 1 areas continue with the current social distancing measures and the “rule of six.”
Tier 2 areas will have bans on households mixing, whilst Tier 3 areas will be hit with a hospitality lockdown.
During a conference call with the Confederation of British Industry, Health Secretary Matt Hancock suggested that the government are planning a crackdown on the hospitality sector.
Hancock said, “Outside your household and socialising between households, the highest place in incidence of likely transmission, measured by where people have contacts, is unfortunately hospitality.
“Now obviously that finding is not good news in terms of the policy action we have to take for that sector.”