This law change will ban larger groups meeting anywhere socially indoors or outdoors, and many think some people will take advantage of the five-day gap to get used to the new rules.
The government announced last night that social gatherings of more than six people would be banned from September 14 in response to a steep rise in the coronavirus infection rate. The limit is currently 30.
Coronavirus rules in England change on Monday, meaning groups no larger than six can meet – and many frustrated people are expected to enjoy their last weekend of freedom
Former TOWIE star Mario Falcone wrote on social media: “So gatherings reduced to 6 from 60 because of the rise in cases.
People in England are expected to have one last weekend of partying before lockdown restrictions are tightened on Monday.
“They are so worried though they aren’t implementing it till Monday. Just enough time for everyone to have one last blow out this weekend in mass gatherings.”
The word “pub” was trending on Twitter as the nation absorbed the news.
Matthew Lundigran wrote: “Assemble your troops this weekend and have one last blowout before the obvious tactic comes into play on Monday.”
Social media user Milly Peckam added: “Everyone rushing to the pubs before they shut. Should be from today.”
If people fail to comply it will be enforced with a £100 fine, doubling on each offence up to a maximum of £3,200.
Until now the police had no powers to stop gatherings until they exceeded more than 30 people.
He said: “One of the pieces of feedback we had including from the police was that we needed the rules to be super simple so that everybody knows what they are.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the rules would be in place for “the foreseeable future”.
“And now this will now be rigorously enforced by the police.
“Three months is a long time in a pandemic and I very much hope this strong rule, together with the local action we’ve taken in places like Bolton, can work together to do that by Christmas.”
“I really hope we can turn this around before Christmas. I think that, in a pandemic, Christmas is a long way off.
Pubs reopened after lockdown on July 4 after being shut for almost four months, forcing many out of business.