The British Prime Minister has warned six months of restrictions as the country prepares for an inevitable coronavirus second wave.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK is "now seeing a second wave coming in", and that it was "inevitable" that coronavirus would hit the country again.
He warned of "on and off" restrictions which could last until the spring of 2021, reports Mail Online.
Mr Johnson also voiced his fears and stated Britain is just six-weeks behind Spain and France, countries which are facing fresh spikes of the deadly bug.
This comes amid new restrictions across the country, with the north east facing a stricter lockdown, and the "rule of six" in place for England.
In a bid to tackle the spread of coronavirus, on and off restrictions could be used to provide some periods of relaxation this winter, with some periods of stricter rules.
Rules will be re-introduced when necessary to suppress coronavirus cases.
Brits can expect a ban on social contact between households, shutting down the hospitality sector as well as bars and restaurants, or alternatively limiting opening hours, according to Mail Online.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan admits capital city lockdown 'increasingly likely'
The move could also allow some people to have more freedom than others – with vulnerable people given advice accordingly.
This week hundreds of university students have been out drinking during freshers week – with many seen ignoring the newly-implemented rule of six which came into place on Monday.
The new rule means it is now illegal for people in England to meet in groups of more than six, inside or outside, following a rise of coronavirus cases.
New restrictions in London are also "increasingly likely" to be required to slow the spread of coronavirus in the capital city, Mayor Sadiq Khan has admitted.
The number of cases per 100,000 people over seven days is reported to have increased in London from 18.8 to around 25.
Speaking in central London earlier on Friday, Mr Khan also said the capital is two weeks behind some regions of the UK where tighter lockdown restrictions have been imposed.
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