The prime minister is expected to reveal his plans for lockdown this winter, including details on how families can see their loved ones at Christmas.
Boris Johnson is expected to discuss and sign the plan with the cabinet on Sunday (Nov. 22), before making an announcement to parliament on Monday.
This is when the full details are expected to be laid out.
The prime ministers of the decentralized nations have reportedly met with UK cabinet minister Michael Gove to devise a UK approach to Christmas restrictions.
A “Covid winter plan” will see England enter a reinforced three-pronged system of local restrictions when the national lockdown ends on December 2, Downing Street said.
And the plan will outline how people can spend their Christmas.
But ministers have made it clear that the holidays will be different from normal, and that some restrictions are expected to continue.
The news comes amid reports that several families could get together for up to a week over Christmas as part of a UK relaxation of coronavirus rules.
Families could join a bubble and mingle between December 22 and 28, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Earlier this week, Public Health England said guidance from the Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (Sage) had suggested that each day of greater freedom would require five days of more stringent action.
Former chief science adviser to the government, Sir Mark Walport, told Times Radio that there was “something iconic in people’s minds” about Christmas, but it “makes no sense to have big parties this year.”
He added that UK lockdown measures seem to be working, but people should continue to follow the rules.
“It is absolutely clear that if you stopped everything and removed the brakes completely, the infection would start growing again and so the question is what measures will be taken after December 2?” he said.
‘I am sure that somehow ongoing measures will be needed.
“Now, if there is a prospect of a vaccine, it is certainly not the time to give up.”
A spokeswoman for No. 10 said: “Everyone’s efforts during the current national restrictions have helped bring the virus back under control, slow its spread and reduce pressure on the NHS.
But the Prime Minister and his scientific advisers are clear that the virus is still present – and without regional restrictions, it can quickly get out of hand again before vaccines and mass testing take effect.
“That would jeopardize the progress the country has made and put again at risk of unbearable pressure on the NHS.”