Boris Johnson is expected to announce his plans for the winter on Monday with a strong three-tier system of local restrictions for England.
The ministers will then decide on Thursday what level will be allocated to each region.
After the national lockdown ends on December 2, MPs are expected to vote for approval in the days before the new system takes effect.
What will the new system look like?
The country will return to the three-tier system of regional restrictions, which was in effect from October 14 to November.
Although many local arrangements will be the same as in previous places, the levels will be strengthened in a few areas to protect profits during national lockdowns.
What was the original three-tier system?
- Level 1 (Medium): Rule six if seen inside or outside the home; Pubs and restaurants close at 10 p.m.
- Level 2 (high): There is no household mix in the household; The six rules apply outside; Pubs and restaurants close at 10 p.m.
- Level 3 (too high): No mixing inside or outside any household; Pubs and bars that do not provide food are closed
What to expect at Christmas?
Several families – possibly three – may be allowed to temporarily create bubbles between 22 and 28 December.
According to the report, four countries in the UK could be included in these plans.
Restrictions on church services may also be lifted to allow Christmas Day services to be held.
But plans have not yet been set, with ministers making it clear that the festive season will be different than usual.
How long will the new system last?
The government is optimistic the restrictions could be gradually reduced in the spring, as vaccines are approved by regulators, allowing a plan to roll out next month before a larger program in the new year.
However, as no vaccine has been approved, it is not yet clear when the rollout will begin.