It has been reported that the government are planning to enforce a ban on Londoners mixing with other households to curb the virus.
The Times newspaper has reported that all bars, pubs and restaurants could be told to close for two weeks under the new emergency lockdown.
Shops, offices and schools would remain open.
Last week the new emergency lockdown was presented to the Cabinet’s coronavirus strategy committee, prior to the new 10pm curfew came into force.
A government source told the newspaper, “The nation and the party wasn’t ready for us to go any further last week. There wasn’t a wide enough understanding of how substantial the second wave could be.
“Tougher measures on social interaction will have to come though. They’re inevitable in some parts if you look at the numbers.”
Health Secretary Matt Hancock warned that the government will not hesitate to impose further measures.
He said, “Anyone can catch coronavirus, and anyone can spread it.
“We all have a crucial part to play in keeping the number of new infections down and protecting our loved ones.
“As cases rise it is imperative we take action, and we are introducing a legal duty to self-isolate when told to do so, with fines for breaches and a new £500 support payment for those on lower incomes who can’t work from home while they are self-isolating.
“These simple steps can make a huge difference to reduce the spread of the virus, but we will not hesitate to put in place further measures if cases continue to rise.”
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