Families may face ban on indoor gatherings as coronavirus cases continue to rise

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Indoor gatherings are at risk of being banned amid proposed strict social distancing plans designed to prevent a second national lockdown against coronavirus.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been warned by scientists that separate households meeting under one roof is a main contributor to a sudden increase in Covid-19 cases.

He is believed to have been advised that putting an end to “support bubble” rules which allow the public to visit each other at their respective homes may need to be axed as a consequence.

Current rules allow up to 30 people from two households to meet indoors – with the measure only coming in to effect last month when lockdown began to ease.

Fears have risen that the Government might clamp down on social bubbles amid growing COVID cases

However, the Office for National Statistics revealed last week that cases of coronavirus patients testing positive for the disease had hit 4,200 per day at the end of July – more than double the 2,000 positive results per day recorded at the end of June when strict lockdown measures were in place.

A Government source told The Sun: “We want to avoid a second national lockdown at all costs and a lot will depend on how we can keep a lid on things.”

The rise in cases has prompted fears a second wave of the deadly Covid-19 virus outbreak is already underway.

Scientists are believed to have warned that families mingling is spreading the disease

Parts of the UK have already been placed in localised lockdown – including parts of Manchester and Yorkshire – following spikes in cases.

A list of 27 towns and cities in England being closely monitored by the Government over rising cases concerns was unveiled on Saturday.

The Government has also delayed other easing measures that were due to commence on 1 August back by two weeks to August 15.

Some lockdown easing plans have been put on ice following a spike in cases

Such proposals included the easing of lockdown to allow ice rinks and bowling alleys to reopen and for guests of up to 30 people to attend weddings.

Meanwhile stricter rules on where and when face masks need to be worn in public will be introduced from August 8.

Visitors at museums and punters at cinemas will be required to wear face coverings while inside the attractions from that date.

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