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Options being considered include allowing two households to mix outdoors in the coming weeks.

It comes after confirmation that care home residents in England will each be allowed one regular visitor from 8 March.

The full plan for England’s lockdown easing is due to be set out on Monday.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has previously said that reopening schools will be the first step – but teachers’ unions have said it would be “reckless” to bring back all pupils together.

A final meeting is expected to be held on Sunday before the prime minister unveils the full “road map”.