The Government is about to change the lockdown rules across England, limiting the number of people who can gather – according to reports.
Sky News says the maximum number of people who can gather will be cut in a bid to stop the rise of coronavirus.
It would put a temporary end to parties, wedding receptions and large family get-togethers.
More than 160 places have seen an increase in infection over seven days with some places trebling the number of cases.
There are local lockdowns in place across the north with Bolton the latest to bring in tougher measures.
A government source told Sky the current limit of 30 people gathering will be cut to an as yet undetermined new figure.
The current rules state that only groups from two different households should meet together – up to 30 people.
Repeat offenders who break the rule can be fined more than £3,000.