Almost all of England faces strict Covid-19 measures when the national lockdown ends on 2 December.
Some backbench MPs say the new restrictions could lead to "utter devastation" for local economies.
Former Treasury official Dan Rosenfield's appointment comes after a period of upheaval in Downing Street.
But in Scotland infection rates appear to be rising, according to Office for National Statistics data.
The new coronavirus tiers mean many theatres remain unsure if pantomimes will go ahead this year.
Alys Tomlinson's Lost Summer features school leavers denied their proms by the coronavirus pandemic.
Has Covid put an end to big budget film-making, or will busy cinemas in Asia give Hollywood hope?
"This is a great time for somebody to start something new," the star says, after The Weeknd's snub.