A review into the 2m social distancing rule in England will conclude “within the coming days”, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has told the BBC.
It comes amid warnings many businesses will not survive under the current guidance as the government prepares to ease more restrictions on 4 July.
Pubs, restaurants and hotels are among those hoping to reopen.
Pubs could be patrolled and people could be encouraged to use apps to order drinks, according to The Times.
Whitehall sources said the government would update the country on the social distancing rules next week.
It comes as the coronavirus alert level was downgraded from four to three on Friday.