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Britons poke fun at disorganised spouses who left present shopping to the last minute

‘Merry Christmas darling, here’s your loaf of bread!’ Britons poke fun at disorganised spouses who left present shopping to the last minute as Tier 4 SHUTS non-essential shops in the south

  • Non-essential shops in London and parts of south east had to close under Tier 4
  • Britons were given just eight hours to complete their Christmas shopping
  • Essential shops may now be only option for the unlucky few who left it too late
  • Countless Britons took to social media to add a dash of satire to the situation 

Britons flocked to social media to poke fun at disorganised spouses who left their present shopping to the last minute as Tier 4 forced non-essential shops to close just days before Christmas.

Boris Johnson yesterday revealed in a 4pm emergency press conference that a third of England – including London and swathes of the home counties – would be thrust into a brutal Tier 4 lockdown to stamp out the ‘mutant’ strain of coronavirus.

The draconian bracket forced all non-essential shops to shut by midnight giving Britons just eight hours to complete their gift shopping ahead of Christmas Day.

But for the unlucky few who were unable to buy presents for loved ones in time, supermarkets, garages and other essential shops may be the only option.  

Tier 4 forced all non-essential shops to shut by midnight yesterday giving Britons just eight hours to complete their gift shopping ahead of Christmas Day (deserted Oxford Circus in London today, pictured)

Bluewater shopping centre in Stone, Kent, was almost deserted today after Boris Johnson thrust 18 million Britons into Tier 4

Bluewater shopping centre in Stone, Kent, was almost deserted today after Boris Johnson thrust 18 million Britons into Tier 4

Countless Britons took to social media to add a dash of satire to the situation

Countless Britons took to social media to add a dash of satire to the situation

Countless Britons took to social media to add a dash of satire to the situation. 

Darren Collins wrote on Twitter: ‘Off to do some essential Christmas shopping. 

‘Nothing says Christmas more than a selection of family gifts from the local petrol station.’ 

Staffordshire Police Chief Inspector John Owen wrote: ‘Imagine living in Tier 4 and leaving all of your Christmas shopping until Christmas Eve?

‘Merry Christmas, darling, here’s your loaf of bread and a bottle of milk.’

Another Twitter user added: ‘RIP to all the blokes in Tier 4 that were leaving their shopping until Christmas Eve. Hope your Mrs likes essential presents.’

Ash shared a meme of Macaulay Culkin’s character in Home Alone screaming, along with the caption: ‘Men in Tier 4 areas who haven’t done their Christmas shopping on hearing all non essential retail is shut 

For the unlucky few who were unable to buy gifts for loved ones in time, supermarkets, garages and other essential shops may be the only option. Pictured: Deserted high streets today

For the unlucky few who were unable to buy gifts for loved ones in time, supermarkets, garages and other essential shops may be the only option. Pictured: Deserted high streets today

Rich Walters said: ‘I guess if you’re in Tier 4 and you’ve left your Christmas shopping ’til the last minute, you don’t need to bother now.’

Another Twitter user wrote: ‘To all the fellas in Tier 4 who were leaving their Christmas shopping until Thursday, it was good knowing you all when your wife opens up her essential item only presents.’

Jay added: ‘To all the Men in Tier 4 that were leaving their shopping till Christmas Eve… I hope your family like essential presents.’ 

Boris Johnson yesterday revealed in a 4pm emergency press conference that a third of England would be thrust into a brutal Tier 4 lockdown from midnight on Saturday to try to get to grips with a mutant Covid strain.

The strain – called ‘VUI – 202012/01’ – is 70 per cent more infectious and makes up 60 per cent of London’s new cases, the PM said.

He also warned that the strain could increase the crucial R rate by 0.4.

Shoppers descended on London’s high streets in their droves following the announcement, with pictures showing Oxford Street and Regent Street flooded with panic buyers late into the night.

But the first day of Tier 4 was a totally different story – with the jam-packed streets of yesterday evening looking nearly deserted today. 

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