Anger and confusion from the public over new coronavirus crackdown

Weary Brits have taken to social media to slam Boris Johnson after his new coronavirus crackdown was announced last night. 

The Prime Minister revealed it will be illegal from Monday to assemble in groups of seven or more anywhere in England, whether indoors or out, but for a few exceptions. 

The 'rule of six' is a dramatic reduction on the limit of 30 put in place on July 4 and represents the first reversal of the easing of national lockdown. 

Only schools, workplaces and a limited number of other locations will be exempt from the ban, which will see rule breakers fined £100, rising to £3,200 if they are repeat offenders.

The plans sparked frustration on Twitter, as users expressed their woe at having to cancel various plans over the coming weeks. 

Others tried to see the funny side, however, as they posted memes suggesting how the rule could be enforced and potential reactions of friendship groups' seventh member, who will have to miss out on activities from next week.

Others tried to see the funny side, however, as they posted memes suggesting potential reactions of friendship groups' seventh member

Others tried to see the funny side, however, as they posted memes suggesting potential reactions of friendship groups' seventh member

Another meme featuring a clip of the Prime Minister chasing down a car suggested how the new rules could be enforced

Another meme featuring a clip of the Prime Minister chasing down a car suggested how the new rules could be enforced

Another meme compared Boris Johnson to boxing promoter Eddie Hearn, talking about his reaction to a backlash

Another meme compared Boris Johnson to boxing promoter Eddie Hearn, talking about his reaction to a backlash

One frustrated tweeter wrote: 'Boris Johnson cancelled my birthday party, how's your Tuesday?'

One frustrated tweeter wrote: 'Boris Johnson cancelled my birthday party, how's your Tuesday?'

Another said: 'I give up with this world. Is Boris forgetting Monday is my 18th birthday? My life is a joke, I've been waiting for this day far too long'

Another said: 'I give up with this world. Is Boris forgetting Monday is my 18th birthday? My life is a joke, I've been waiting for this day far too long'

A third added: 'Just when I started to think towards a 25th birthday party...thanks Boris lol'

A third added: 'Just when I started to think towards a 25th birthday party...thanks Boris lol'

NEW LOCKDOWN RULES FOR ENGLAND FROM MONDAY 
Max social gatherings SIX PEOPLE Applies indoors and outdoors Applies in private homes Applies in pubs and restaurants Does NOT apply to schools or workplaces Does NOT apply to weddings, funerals, team sport Does NOT apply if household bubbles are bigger than six people Police will be encouraged to break up larger groups and issue £100 fines, which will then double on each repeat offence up to £3,200

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One wrote: 'Boris Johnson cancelled my birthday party, how's your Tuesday?'

Another said: 'I give up with this world. Is Boris forgetting Monday is my 18th birthday? My life is a joke, I've been waiting for this day far too long.'

A third added: 'Just when I started to think towards a 25th birthday party...thanks Boris.'

Many also questioned why such strict rules were being enforced so soon after Brits have been urged to return to offices and encouraged to visits pubs and restaurants during last month's successful Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

Some particularly pessimistic members of the public feared the rules would last well into the winter, threatening to derail traditional festivities.

'Gonna start calling Boris Johnson the grinch cos he's fully just stolen my Christmas,' one wrote.

Another added: 'Boris better sort this mess out by Christmas! There's no way I'm missing mum's Christmas dinner!'

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