Boris Johnson has agreed to accelerate lockdown easing as he prepares to set out more details later this week.
After receiving dire warnings about the future of the hospitality industry, the Prime Minister reportedly signed off on a series of measures to help reboot the economy during a meeting with Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor.
Having been told by Alok Sharma, the Business Secretary, that 3.5 million hospitality jobs are now at risk, Mr Johnson is expected to bring forward plans to reopen pubs, restaurants and theme parks ahead of the crucial summer period.
Other proposals include relaxing Sunday trading laws and easing planning restrictions on the high street.
Meanwhile, Robert Jenrick, the Communities Secretary, is working on legislation to enable outdoor weddings, currently limited to Jews and Quakers, as well as allowing up to 10 people to attend indoor ceremonies.
It comes after The Telegraph reported last month that ministers are also considering changes to the law to enable remote witnessing for wedding guests unable to attend in person, either due to travel restrictions or because of medical reasons.
However, the measures are not expected to come into effect until the beginning of next month, when the final stage of the Government's roadmap is given the green light.
Instead, Mr Johnson is this week expected to use a Number 10 press conference to set out the blueprint for non-essential retail to restart on June 15, as well as confirming that secondary pupils in Year 10 and Year 12 will be given face-to-face contact time with teachers.
On Sunday night, Whitehall sources played down the prospects of any major announcements being included, following warning last week that the 'R' number – the average number of people infected by someone with coronavirus – remains stubbornly high in some parts of the country.
According to The Sunday Times, pub and restaurant owners are to receive a boost from a change in planning rules, which will speed up the time it takes for them to receive permission to set up socially-distanced tables on pavements.
Ministers will also double the time for which pubs can put up marquees from 28 days to 56, enabling them to adjust to new restrictions on indoor capacity required under social distancing rules.
The move is likely to reignite hopes that a wider reopening of the hospitality sector could be possible early next month.
While the measures are likely to be welcomed by business leaders, some are lobbying the Government to move faster in other areas, such as retail.
Speaking to Sky News on Sunday, Chris Wootton, the chief financial officer of Sports Direct, claimed many retailers had expected to be open from last week, adding that guidance from ministers had been "very vague".
Mr Wootton said that without further support, "many more retailers will go to the wall", adding that the Treasury should look at making permanent changes to business rates.