Justice Secretary Robert Buckland blamed the younger generation for forgetting social distancing rules and “getting together and enjoying themselves”.
Mr Buckland said the government would only implement a second lockdown as a “nuclear option”.
He added: “I do think that what we’re doing now is being clear about prioritising schools, colleges in the economy and making the point that while social occasions are important, and of course family social occasions are particularly important, they do take and they must take second place to those priorities.”
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, a Government source said: “A national curfew is the obvious next step if the numbers keep rising despite all the steps we are currently taking.
“But we are not at that stage at the moment, and hopefully the action we are taking locally to contain outbreaks, where they occur, will mean we don’t have to go that far.”
Yesterday, a staggering 3,330 cases of coronavirus were reported across the UK.