Ministers are considering contingency plans for local lockdowns or a delay to reopening after June 21 in response to concern about the spread of the Indian variant of coronavirus, The Times has been

Ministers are considering contingency plans for local lockdowns or a delay to reopening after June 21 in response to concern about the spread of the Indian variant of coronavirus, The Times has been told.
Officials have drawn up plans modelled on the Tier 4 restrictions introduced last year. Under the measures, people would be advised to stay at home and non-essential shops and hospitality would be closed if the new strain was not brought under control.
Businesses in areas subject to the restrictions would receive grants of up to £18,000. The scheme would be administered by local authorities, with payments adjusted according to the length of restrictions.
Another scenario anticipates a delay to the June 21 date for easing lockdown restrictions. In this case