In July England emerged from the first full coronavirus lockdown, with pubs, cafes and restaurants opening their doors.
Now it is possible the economy could be crippled once more after it is alleged Prime Minister Boris Johnson is considering imposing new national restrictions.
The PM reportedly yesterday met with chancellor, Rishi Sunak, Michael Gove, the Cabinet Office minister plus health secretary Matt Hancock, to discuss NHS data.
It is claimed the PM is considering tightening restrictions following concerns hospitals are being overwhelmed with Covid cases.
The new restrictions could be introduced on Wednesday and be lifted on December 1.
But what would stay open if a devastating new lockdown is introduced?
A senior government source told how the measures are being discussed and no final decision on them had been made, The Times reports.
But has been suggested that the new measures could see everything closed except essential shops and “educational settings”, including nurseries, schools and universities.
If the suggested new measures go ahead it could mean pubs, restaurants, cafes and bars in England and Norther Ireland, which have been reopened since 4 July, would close.
Under the current restrictions pubs under tier 1 and 2 areas are able to stay open until 10pm - but those in tier 3 areas must close unless they serve a main meal.
New restrictions could also mean cinemas, nightclubs, theatres, gyms and leisure centres would have to shut their doors to customers.
All retail shops could also close their doors with only supermarkets and other stores that sell food remaining open.
New, tougher regional lockdown measures are reportedly being considered as well, known as Tier 4, however, ministers are said to favour a national policy.
The news comes after scientific advisers told the government that more restrictions were needed to 'save Christmas'.
“The data is really bad,” the source said.
“We’re seeing coronavirus rising all over the country and hospitals are struggling to cope. There has been a shift in our position.”
Mr Johnson recently claimed a second national lockdown could be like “Hotel California” with "no end in sight once it has been implemented".
A two-week “circuit breaker” was suggested in mid-September by the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) to cut the rising number of infections
But a senior scientific adviser to the government said yesterday that would no longer be enough to reduce infections to a manageable level.
“It’s definitely too late to think that the two week circuit breaker on its own would sort us out . . . It almost certainly would need to go on for longer,” he said.