21 memes that sum up how the internet's feeling about the UK's possible 10pm curfew
22 September 2020, 20:05 | Updated: 29 September 2020, 12:51
Wait – is there actually a 10pm curfew in the UK?!
Today (Sep 22), Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce new restrictions in England in an effort to stop the recent increase in coronavirus cases. Yes, shockingly, the government told us to return to work, Eat Out to Help Out and get public transport, and now that everyone's mingling again the cases are rising.
Chief medical officers of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have upgraded the alert level for COVID-19 from 3 to 4, which means that transmission of the virus is "high or rising exponentially". This comes after the government's scientific adviser warned there could be 50,000 new coronavirus cases a day by mid-October if we don't act now.
The tougher restrictions are expected to come into force this week and implementation will hopefully see coronavirus cases drop. The new rules will mean that pubs, cafes and restaurants will only be allowed to operate in England up until 10pm at night. Hospitality business will also only be allowed to serve customers using table service.
Although it hasn't been confirmed by Boris just yet, the internet is freaking out over the potential new measures and, like UK lockdown, they're finding comfort in memes.
A lot of people are struggling with the concept of a 10pm curfew. Does coronavirus clock in at 10.01pm?
Apparently, a 10pm curfew will cut down the time we socialise therefore giving less time to transmit the virus.
Covid turning up at the pub to find it shut at 10 pic.twitter.com/LsMubH7Msx— HappyToast ★ (@IamHappyToast) September 22, 2020
When its 9:59pm and I'm not in ends pic.twitter.com/oofPfOunqu— Khadz. (@Khadzy_) September 22, 2020
Dinner dates are cancelled.
10pm restaurant curfew? Clink clink babes are shaking rn— Published Author 📚🎭 (@Pinero_Nana) September 21, 2020
From £10 off to 10pm curfew. What a tragedy.— britney (@britbrap) September 21, 2020
The prospect of Lockdown: Round 2 is actually terrifying.
Please, don't make us go back to the days of Zoom quizzes and Houseparty. I beg.
Me entering lockdown 1 vs. me entering lockdown 2 pic.twitter.com/0PsWwvFGGX— ✨ Dean Tāne ✨ (@Maccadaynu) September 21, 2020
OK OK first lockdown was a freebie, we were all finding our feet, but come on now no excuse - what's your goal for lockdown 2? Mine is to go completely fucking insane— Natasha Hodgson (@NatashaHodgson) September 21, 2020
Might use Lockdown 2 to do all the things I was supposed to do in Lockdown 1.— Michael (@AFCMichaeI) September 21, 2020
“Lockdown 2” “Level 4”— ً (@clownscollide) September 21, 2020
the government: pic.twitter.com/I7d3DIST3i
The whole U.K. hearing about lockdown 2 pic.twitter.com/UnHf8tJ7JB— Jessica (@Jess_Elliott23) September 21, 2020
Me, fully realising we’re headed for a proper second lockdown pic.twitter.com/jKXg61C9v3— wap rem x (@jackremmington) September 21, 2020
Yep, we're all dreading Boris' announcement.
Why must it clash Bake Off?
Everyone in the U.K: will there be another national lockdown?— b.b (@benoobrown) September 21, 2020
Boris Johnson: https://t.co/lw82wgBZfy
8pm. Fade in on Boris Johnson. He stares at the camera without speaking. The nation holds its breath. Suddenly, a knife is plunged into his back. The attacker? Noel Fielding. He licks jam from the knife. The PM was a cake all along. 'Welcome to the fucking Bake Off' Noel screams.— Ross Sayers (@Sayers33) September 22, 2020
not boris johnson’s announcement clashing with bake off tonight pic.twitter.com/bNyNzukZBn— matt horwood (@matthewhorwood) September 22, 2020