FAMILIES face a ban on indoor get-togethers amid proof they are to blame for the spread of coronavirus.
Boris Johnson is poised to burst the “bubble” system which allows separate households to meet under one roof.
The PM was told by scientific advisers too much mingling between family groups is the main cause of an alarming rise in infections.
He is now considering a range of tough actions after being warned the “second spike” has already started.
Government nerves are jangling that the unlocking procedure may have to be thrown into reverse — just weeks after it started.
A more severe regional lockdown may be imposed in a wider area of North West England, where infection rates are at their highest. But another option is a ban on bubbles, which allow up to 30 people from two households to meet indoors except for in the North West.
A source said: “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.” Mr Johnson slammed the brakes on the easing of restrictions on Friday after receiving new data from the Test and Trace system.