According to minutes from a meeting on Thursday leaked to the BBC, UK health advisors are drawing up plans for a new lockdown after Christmas.
According to the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) – the British equivalent of NPHET – restrictions are needed “very soon” if the UK is to avoid 3,000 hospitalisations a day.
As a result, SAGE members are reportedly advising a ban on indoor social gatherings, and the outright closure of the indoor hospitality sector.
Moreover, SAGE would like the measures to come into effect before January 1st 2022 – just after Christmas.
“The timing of such measures is crucial,” said the minutes.
“Delaying until 2022 would greatly reduce the effectiveness of such interventions and make it less likely that these would prevent considerable pressure on health and care settings.”
It’s believed that regulations will involve banning the meeting of others indoors except for work-related purposes, and hospitality would only be allowed to operate outdoors.