A reimposition of tough lockdown-style Coronavirus restrictions is being planned for the winter, according to a report.
The government is aiming to end England’s lockdown on 19th July, but a leaked Whitehall document suggests “a series of measures and lifestyle changes would need to be in force particularly from November to February”.
The report proposes tougher restrictions in the winter, because Covid experts are concerned there could be another spike in Covid infections as people spend more time indoors in the colder months. Ministers though have refuted the claim saying ‘there are no current plans to introduce winter measures.’
A spokeswoman said:
“Due to the new Delta variant we have paused at step three of the lockdown road map for the next four weeks, and we will continue to assess the latest data on this variant over the coming weeks and months as it becomes available.”
The possibility of winter Covid restrictions has been discussed before. As early as January this year, just a day after the third national lockdown was imposed, England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty said he believed further restrictions would “almost certainly” need to be rolled out over the next winter.