WITH the Prime Minister reportedly considering a return to Step 2 Covid restrictions after Christmas, one Southampton MP has expressed their feelings towards the possible lockdown.

Details of a possible post-Christmas lockdown emerged over the weekend which included restrictions on indoor mixing.

Reports suggest that Ministers are currently debating how to tackle the spread of the Omicron variant and are apparently considering a two-week circuit breaker lockdown.

It would mean pubs and restaurants would once again only be able to serve customers outdoors.

MP for Southampton Itchen Royston Smith has said that the government "must consider the danger to health of further lockdowns", explaining that the health of the economy must be thought of.

He told the Daily Echo: “The Government will put public health first but it is not as straightforward as more restrictions.

“We have to consider the health of the people as well as the health of the economy. We must consider the danger to health of further lockdowns.

“There is nothing wrong with asking people to wear masks in enclosed spaces, keeping a distance and washing hands frequently and thoroughly, but I am not convinced we need to go very much further yet.”

The restrictions could include working from home where possible, no socialising indoors, higher education to learn remotely, indoor entertainment closed, no holidays, but hairdressers and beauty salons to remain open.

Downing Street has refused to rule out the possibility of further restrictions over the Christmas and New Year period.

The Daily Echo contacted Southampton Test MP Alan White Head, Romsey and Southampton MP Caroline Nokes and Eastleigh MP Paul Holmes for a comment but they did not respond.

The reaction comes as a further 1,014 positive coroanvirus cases were recorded in Southampton over the weekend.

A total of 43,246 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 in Southampton when the UK coronavirus daily dashboard was updated on December 20.

There were no new coronavirus deaths recorded over the weekend in Southampton.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 262,767 over the period, to 11,453,121.