Boris Johnson is set to update lockdown-weary Brits on the next stage of the roadmap on Monday amid a rise in cases.
Reports suggest it is likely the Prime Minister will announce a delay to the so-called ‘Freedom Day’ over fears of a third wave.
The Delta variant is fuelling a surge in infections, which is now said to prevalent in almost all of England.
Mr Johnson said on Saturday that the spiralling numbers were a “serious, serious concern”.
He will once again take to the lectern on Monday to reveal which, if any, restrictions can be lifted on June 21.
The Prime Minister said previously that he hoped to remove all legal limits on social distancing by that date.
But this now looks almost certainly unlikely to happen – which a ‘mix and match’ approach slated to be taken by the Government.
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It is thought that face masks are likely to remain, with one expert suggesting they could have to be worn forever.
Professor Susan Michie, of University College London, made the stark revelation in a television interview.
It is likely that people will be made to continue to wear the coverings in shops, on public transport and in pubs from next week.
Social distancing and the ‘rule of six’ are also expected to stay in force while cases remain high.
Under current rules six people are allowed to meet indoors – such as in a pub, restaurant or private residence.
A total of 30 people are allowed to gather outside.
Caps are also in place on events and activities like EURO 2020 matches, theatres and cinemas.
It had been hoped that these could have been lifted from June 21, paving the way for fans to flood Wembley for the tournament finals.
But reports say that these limits will likely remain until the middle of July, at the earliest.
At present, 22,500 fans are allowed in for group games – with hopes that double that could attend the latter stages.
Nightclub fans and owners have had a torrid pandemic, with venues unable to open at all due to their enclosed spaces.
Mr Johnson had announced in his roadmap that nightclubs would be among the last businesses to open.
And, while June 21 looked like a possible date after successful trials in Liverpool, it is now thought that doors will remain shut.
July 19 has been mooted a potential new opening day, although this is not confirmed.
Weddings are currently limited by a 30-person cap.
It had been reported in previous weeks that nuptials could be one of the aspects of the roadmap to be lifted fully on June 21.
But, according to the Telegraph, fears that events could become “super-spreader” have put the brakes on such a plan.
This means those attending still having to wear face masks unless they are eating or drinking.
And, apart from the couple’s first dance, dancing would be advised against “due to the increased risk of transmission”.
Guests would also still be told to be “cautious” about contact with different households.