MINISTERS are discussing potential 'Plan C' Covid rules that could see mixing between households banned, it was reported last night.
The draconian proposals would also see facemasks, orders to work from home and vaccine passports enforced.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid yesterday warned cases could reach 100,000 a day this winter and urged people to take precautions against the virus.
He said: "Life is not back to normal, I think everyone can see that, because the pandemic is still here."
So-called Plan B restrictions, including masks and work from home orders, would only be used if cases spiral out of control and the booster jab program fails.
However Cabinet Office officials are said to be discussing proposals which could form part of a potential Plan C.
Such a plan would see clampdowns on gatherings among different households is pressure on hospitals worsen, The Telegraph reports.
A Whitehall source told the publication: "The focus is very much on measures that can be taken without a major economic impact, so keeping shops, pubs and restaurants open but looking at other ways to reduce the risks."
Similar measures caused misery for millions of Brits for much of last year.
Yesterday Mr Javid maintained that Plan B contingency measures won't happen "at this point" – but begged Brits not to "blow it".
He said: "We must all play our part in this national mission, and think about what we can do to make a difference. That means getting the jab when the time comes, whether it's for Covid-19 or flu."
The Health Secretary has begged Brits last night to get their booster vaccinations in a bid to keep hospitalisations down.
Some eight million people are eligible for their booster but so far only four million have had shots.
Ministers are launching an all-out offensive to drive up this number as they try to avoid a return to the restrictions.
The NHS is opening pop-up jabbing clinics and launching an advertising campaign to get people to book their injections.
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