Tighter lockdown considered as Gov fear Brits not taking Covid seriously

Brits could be in store for even tougher lockdown measures as desperate ministers fear too many people are bending the rules.

Current measures that allow exercise with one person outside your bubble could be scrapped and mandatory face coverings in an office could be introduced, according to reports.

It comes as infections continue to surge and ministers fear that Brits are not taking lockdown as seriously as they need to.

UK hospitals recorded the highest Sunday death toll for seven months this weekend as the virus continues to run rampant across England.

England reported 508 coronavirus deaths on Sunday, with three in Scotland, 45 in Wales and 17 in Northern Ireland as the UK struggles to battle the deadly virus.

Privately the Government fears that people have become too relaxed with their approach to following lockdown.

A source told The Telegraph that some rules might need to be tightened up.

They said that the rule allowing exercise with a pal is "being used as an excuse for people to go for a coffee in the park with their friend".

The source reportedly said: "It may be we tighten up on things like that."

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Ministers are also set to tell grocery stores that they must be tougher when enforcing the rules, making sure shoppers wear masks and keep their distance.

And workers could be set to have to wear a mask even when they’re on the job, The Telegraph reported.

Speaking on the Andrew Marr show this weekend, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said of tougher measures: "I don’t want to speculate because the most important message is not whether the Government will further strengthen the rules.

"The most important thing is that people stay at home and follow the rules that we have got."

Meanwhile, Labour leader Sir Kier Starmer conceded that the rules "may not be tough enough" and admitted that nurseries should "probably" close.

It comes as Brits were told that all adults will be given a vaccine by the Autumn, raising hopes that the country could be back to normal by 2022.

So far at least 1,296,432 have had their first vaccination dose, as of January 3.

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