The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has asked his team to look at ways of avoiding a second national lockdown
Brits aged between 50 and 70 could be given personalised risk ratings taking into account factors such as age and medical conditions in a move that would add to the 2.2 million people who shielded during the Spring peak, The Sunday Times reports.
It comes just days after 4.5million people in Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and West Yorkshire were hit with new restrictions.
A No 10 source said: “Another national lockdown is like our nuclear deterrent — we will never rule it out but it should be the very last resort in the fight against Covid.”
One proposal is for the shielded group to be allocated specific times of the week to have exclusive access to some services and shops.
The potential measures also include imposing a city-wide lockdown on London if infection rates spike in the capital, and tightening quarantine restrictions on those flying into the UK.