TIGHTER Covid restrictions are reportedly being considered by ministers because the public aren't adhering to lockdown rules as strictly as they should be.
Scientists have also warned the current Covid measures do not go far enough to stop cases exploding, instead calling for a "total clampdown".
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What tougher Covid lockdown restrictions could be imposed?
A ban on exercising with one person outside your household and wearing face coverings in offices are among rules which could reportedly be reviewed if infections continue to spiral.
There are reports that support bubbles could be stopped amid surging cases – while people could be told they can only leave their homes once a week.
Expanding the rules on facemasks is also being discussed – meaning it could become compulsory wear them in some outdoor settings such as supermarket queues and inside workplaces.
And scientists have called for nurseries and places of worship to close with it made compulsory to wear face masks in public.
If the government responds to these calls, the following measures could be tightened:
- A total ban on seeing anyone from other households – including for exercise
- Support bubbles, which link single-adult households with one other, could be scrapped
- Nurseries could be closed
- Face masks could be introduced in some outdoor areas, such as supermarket queues and offices
- Churches, mosques, synagogues and other places of worship could be closed
When could lockdown restrictions be tightened?
It is unclear when the government would bring in tougher measures, although Boris Johnson has made clear the current restrictions are underreview.
The Prime Minister said this week he will "keep the rules under review" but said "more important than us just pushing out new rules, people have got to follow the guidance".
Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said this week that ministers are "reviewing all the restrictions".
And Professor Chris Whitty has said we are "quite a long way away" from life being back to normal as we know it.
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