The law also allows for emergency pay for those affected by such a shutdown and protects people from eviction.
In a statement to the Financial Times, a government spokesperson said: “We will allow temporary powers in the Coronavirus Act to expire wherever possible, as we have at previous review points.
“However, it would be irresponsible to allow all temporary provisions to expire.
“Doing so would remove the government’s ability to protect renters from eviction, give sick pay to those self-isolating from day one, and direct schools to reopen where needed, for example.
“The British public would expect us to retain these powers in case they are needed through the winter.”