‘Lockdown II: The Second Cummings’: Twitter is flooded with mickey-taking memes as England shuts up shop for November
- Members of public again ordered to stay at home as a second lockdown begins
- Jokesters took to Twitter to share memes about filling their fridges with booze
- Shoppers rushed to stock up before four weeks of making only essential trips
- The rush saw huge queues outside shops and beer being sold for just 99p a pint
England has shut up shop for November today as a new national Covid-19 lockdown begins with pubs, restaurants and non-essential shops once again being forced to close and members of the public ordered to stay at home.
Jokesters took to Twitter to share funny memes about ‘Lockdown II: The Second Cummings’ and filling their fridges with booze.
It follows shoppers rushing to stock up their trolleys before four weeks of having to stay at home and make only essential journeys.
The rush saw huge queues outside shops and beer being sold for just 99p a pint before it goes off.
Jokesters took to Twitter to share funny memes about ‘Lockdown II: The Second Cummings’ and filling their fridges with booze as England heads into a second national lockdown
Supermarkets and other food shops will stay open, and some have introduce new measures such as a limit on the amount of an item that can be purchased, and mandatory face coverings.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has stated the lockdown is necessary to improve the chances of families being able to reunite for Christmas.
He has also pledged that, by the end of June, the results of all in-person tests would be back within 24 hours.
Stores across the nation have reemphasised a raft of rules to keep shoppers safe ahead of the latest lockdown, which came into force at midnight last night.
Aldi, Morrisons and Tesco have previously shared details of priority shopping hours for the elderly and NHS workers, which look set to remain in place throughout the four weeks of restrictions.
This morning Twitter was flooded with memes of panic as people geared themselves up for staying inside once again.
This morning Twitter was flooded with memes of panic as people geared themselves up for staying inside once again, after new rules came into force at midnight last night
Meanwhile, Chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to outline further support to see the economy through the latest restrictions when he makes a statement today, including an extension of the furlough scheme for areas that remain in Tier 3 restrictions.
Mr Johnson has been warned by a group of northern Conservative MPs that they do not want their constituencies ‘locked into lockdown’ indefinitely.
Chairman of the Northern Research Group (NRG) of Tory backbenchers Jake Berry has called for more clarity from the Prime Minister for a roadmap out of the measures for a second time in little more than a week, as dissent appears to be growing within the Conservative Party.
On Wednesday evening, MPs voted by 516 to 38 – a Government majority of 478 – for the new restrictions, which are due to expire on December 2.
Social media users posted dog memes and joked about heading ‘back to the sofa’ as gyms, leisure centres, pubs, restaurants and non-essential stores have closed for November
However, in a bigger-than-expected Commons rebellion, 32 Tory MPs defied the whips to vote against the measures, with two more acting as tellers for the noes.
Elsewhere, the Bank of England expanded its quantitative easing programme to boost the economy by another £150 billion to £895 billion.
The lockdown comes with a number of exceptions, including pupils continuing to go to school, limitless outdoor exercise and ‘safe visiting’ for care home residents and their families.
Campaign groups and charities lamented the lack of detail from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), which has so far only issued a brief press release outlining ways in which care homes can safely allow loved ones to visit residents.
Suggestions published on Wednesday afternoon included one-on-one meetings in outdoor settings, despite the onset of winter, as well as chatting through a window.