The government is facing growing pressure to make lockdown measures even tougher as Covid-19 rates continue to rise.
The new rules could include curfews, kindergarten closings, or the end of support bladders.
So far, the government has refused to discuss additional measures, reports The mirror.
When asked what new rules could be introduced, Health Secretary Matt said Hancock the BBC said, “I don’t want to speculate because the main message is not whether the government will continue to strengthen the rules. The most important thing is that people stay home and follow the rules we have.”
However, union leader Sir Keir Starmer believes the lockdown rules “may not be strict enough,” while Prof. Peter Horby, chair of the Advisory Group on New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats, said existing measures may need to be tightened.
Below are some of the rules that have been applied elsewhere or that have been requested by people in England.
Mandatory masks outdoors
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called for face coverings to be worn outdoors – something that has not yet been required in the UK during the pandemic.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock and other ministers are believed to be investigating the case to expand the use of masks. A government source told The Telegraph : “There is not much more we can do.
“We put these very strict national restrictions in place. It’s a lockdown on everyone all the time.”
The source told the newspaper that face masks could become mandatory in busy outdoor areas, while the rapid spread of the new Covid-19 strain could also lead to stricter social distancing measures.
France put in place an order at 6 p.m. to allow people to return home in the areas hardest hit by the coronavirus.
Boris Johnson declined to rule out a French-style curfew when interviewed by the BBC’s Andrew Marr last week.
However, the UK has never imposed a night curfew on its citizens Coronavirus Pandemic.
There was a 10 p.m. curfew during pub opening hours, but people weren’t forced home after that.
And in Wales, First Minister Mark Drakeford effectively ruled it out, saying on Sunday that Wales “is not yet in a position” to impose measures such as curfews.
“It is important for me to say that the numbers have improved in Wales and we are not in the position we were in before Christmas when Wales had the toughest numbers in the UK,” Drakeford told BBC Breakfast.
“We’re below the numbers in Northern Ireland, we are below the numbers in England.
“So we are not yet in a position to take measures like curfews, but the continuation of the current lockdown regime is necessary to ease the pressure on the NHS.”
He added, “We are currently unable to include curfews in the repertoire of measures we are considering.”
Although the schools are closed to most students, the kindergartens have remained open so far.
However, the Early Years Alliance, which represents kindergartens and child minders, has stated that some providers are closing, despite government statements.
Calum Semple, a pediatrician and member of SAGE, told BBC Breakfast, “If we were to close universities, secondary schools and elementary schools for public health reasons, I would try to close them all.” other non-essential activities.
“And it may be that a political decision has been made here that kindergartens are essential. But it is not a scientific one.”
Union leader Keir Starmer also said kindergartens “probably” should be closed, telling the BBC, “I think there is a reason to look at kindergartens, we’re talking to the scientists about it.
“I think people are surprised that elementary schools were closed but kindergartens weren’t.”
One end to prop up bubbles
When they were first introduced in the summer, support bladders comforted thousands of people who lived alone. But the rules that are only supposed to allow those who live alone to only visit one other household can easily be abused as people don’t have to keep track of exactly who is in their support bubble, so it’s difficult to just these people have to prove one.
Ax support bubbles would take England back to March – but could be extremely unpopular with people living alone.
Limits of Exercise
Contrary to popular belief, training was never formally limited to an hour, although in March people were limited to “one form of exercise per day,” which Michael Gove suggested should be about an hour.
In the summer the “one form” rule was abolished and movement became unlimited.
When asked earlier this week, ministers refused to expressly rule out bringing back or introducing new borders.
But Matt Hancock said, “I think that being outdoors is really important.
“We know more about the transmission of the disease and we know that it is much less likely to spread outdoors.”