Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to impose localised lockdowns in North England which will ban millions of Brits from leaving their areas from Monday.
Residents could also be banned from mixing with other households either in or outdoors as Johnson is set to introduce a three-tier “traffic light” system.
Johnson has summoned Cabinet Minister for a call later on Sunday, which signals that the government are set to introduce new measures on Monday.
It has been reported that residents in Manchester, Liverpool and Newcastle will be placed into localised lockdowns.
Council leaders and Mayors across the North have reacted furiously to the governments proposed lockdown plans and have muted that they could start legal action as they feel the region is being treated as “second class.”
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick told BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, “You say that there’s anger in the North, but the measures that we are bringing in here are universal.
“These apply across the whole of the United Kingdom and there is nothing that we would ever do that penalises one part of the country over another.”
Speaking to the Sophy Ridge programme on Sky News, Jenrick said, “Yes, we want to work very closely with the local mayors and with the councils.
“We are going to be ensuring that the national testing infrastructure… works in harmony with what’s happening locally because local councils and local communities are very good at contact tracing.”