As a surge in coronavirus cases continues, Boris Johnson is set to announce new national measures to tackle the spread later today.
The Prime Minister will announce that all pubs, bars, restaurants and other hospitality businesses in England will be required to close by 10pm from Thursday, September 24.
Mr Johnson will also confirm that the hospitality sector will be restricted by law to table service only.
New rules are due to be announced at 8pm today (Tuesday), when the Prime Minister will make an address to the nation on live TV.
The decision is already proving to be controversial amongst the hospitality industry and M.E.N readers.
Some people fear the new 10pm curfew will mean busier public transport, as everyone attempts to get home at the same time.
Commenting on the new rule, one person wrote on Facebook: "What nonsense. So all pubs shut at 10, no staggered closing, everyone trying to get home on buses, trams etc at the same time."
Another said: "So when all the pubs close at 10pm in city centres and everyone has to leave imagine how packed the streets, train stations and taxi ranks will be with people all trying to get home.
"This isn't the right solution surely."
Others believe the new measures will encourage revellers to begin drinking earlier in the day, or attend house parties when the curfew kicks in at 10pm.
"People will go out earlier spending the same amount of time with the same amount of people," one person commented.
"The rule will also get people into the habits of drinking earlier in the day."
Another M.E.N reader wrote: "So all the people half cut won't head home to house parties? Pre-drinking in pubs is now a thing."
Others defended the Government's decision, praising the Prime Minister for choosing not to shut down the industry completely.
"Better than closing them, fair play to him (Boris Johnson)," one reader said.
"No overreaction, this should be applauded under current circumstances as he could have just shut them."
Another wrote: "For all people saying that the virus doesn't work before 10pm, it's because after 10pm there is a huge amount of people inside pubs, restaurants and other venues.
"I know it sounds stupid, but you're lucky, in Italy after lockdown curfew was 6pm."
The Cabinet will meet today (Tuesday) ahead of the Prime Minister setting out the changes in a statement to Parliament.
He will also bring together the Cobra committee with ministers and First Ministers from the devolved nations to discuss the rise in cases.
Downing Street said Mr Johnson will discuss further ways in which the government will confront the virus in line with the latest scientific advice.
A No 10 spokesperson said: "No-one underestimates the challenges the new measures will pose to many individuals and businesses
"We know this won’t be easy, but we must take further action to control the resurgence in cases of the virus and protect the NHS."