The government could be set to ban click and collect with only supermarkets and some “essential retail” will be allowed to remain, which is part of the tightening the restrictions.
These proposals were discussed at the Cabinet meeting on Sunday, where it was also reported that people could only be allowed to leave their home once a week.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is under increasing pressure to tighten England’s lockdown restrictions and follow the lead of other European countries.
Government scientific advisors have said that the lockdown must be tougher to stop the new mutant variant strain of the virus.
According to the Daily Telegraph health officials are worried over the risk of transmission with people forming long queues at fast food outlets, restaurants and retail stores.
A source told the newspaper, “The general feedback is that click and collect is not working, people are not wearing masks in queues, people are too close to each other.”
Supermarkets will not be banned as Ministers are fearful that online delivery systems could become overwhelmed.
A government source said allowing two people from different households to meet for exercise is “being used as an excuse for people to go for a coffee in the park with their friends.”
The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock warned that he will “not rule out further action if needed.”
Supermarkets have cracked down on people not wearing masks and security guards will be enforcing the rules.
Minister for Covid-19 Vaccine Deployment Nadhim Zahawi told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that there was concern over the virus spreading in supermarkets.
He said, “We don’t want to use tougher measures, the lockdown is tough, schools are shut, but it is important to remember this virus loves social interactions.
“We’re reviewing all the restrictions, but these are pretty tough at the moment. I am worried about supermarkets and people actually wearing masks and following the one-way system, and making sure when it’s at capacity they wait outside the supermarket.
“I’m worried about some of the pictures I’ve seen of social interactions in parks, if you have to exercise you can go out for exercise only.”
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