It comes after Boris Johnson imposed a “Rule of Six” banning large gatherings in a bid to curb the rise in coronavirus cases.
Ministers have said they are determined to keep schools open even in case of a full second national lockdown, but a number of different measures are reportedly on the table.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has imposed a “Rule of Six” on people meeting in a bid to curb the rise in coronavirus cases, but ministers have warned they are ready to take even tougher action if that doesn’t work
The MailOnline reports that these options include 10pm curfews and closing pubs again, despite how controversial this move could be.
Brits could face an even tougher lockdown, with 10pm curfews and pubs shut, in just two weeks, the government has warned.
But ministers and officials have claimed they are ready to take stricter steps to control the spread of Covid-19.
New infections are currently spiking at more than 3,000 a day, mainly among younger people who are less likely to be badly affected.
The move is in response to fears the disease is on the edge of spiralling out of control again as cases skyrocket.
One government science adviser told ITV: “Lockdown is the only thing that we know works, to be frank.”
But hospitalisations are also on the rise again, triggering panic about a second wave.
A senior member of the government told ITV’s Robert Peston there was “no possibility of us waiting for the death rate to rise before we act”.
On Monday, the PM imposed a “Rule of Six” banning larger gatherings, supposedly following the example of Belgium.
The government’s flagship testing system has been heavily criticised after many patients were forced to travel miles from their home, while the return of schools has led to a huge rise in demand from parents wanting their children tested.
They added that the government will reassess whether the new law has controlled the situation in two weeks time.
A leading government scientific adviser is reported as saying: “I think that if we want to keep schools open, we probably have to give serious consideration to a wide range of other measures to stop a major second wave.
“And we have to think about doing that right now – which we are starting to do.”
But whatever happens, schools are likely to remain open for fear of further harming children’s education prospects.