GMB’s Dr Hilary Jones warns possible Christmas lockdown break is ‘recipe for disaster’
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Good Morning Britain's Dr Hilary Jones has warned against mass gatherings this Christmas, even if new government guidelines allow for it.
With England currently in lockdown, and coronavirus restrictions across the UK, many are wondering if Christmas Day gatherings will be allowed this year.
It comes amid new reports the government could be planning to loosen restrictions for a five-day run, to allow households to mix for Christmas celebrations.
But doctor Hilary warned we could end up "reaping the results" of this "recipe for disaster", comparing it to mini Cheltenham Festivals – fearing it will only spread Covid-19 more.
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He wasn't alone though, as GMB host Piers Morgan ranted at those obsessing over Christmas, and those calling for Covid regulations to be dropped for the festive period.
While the five-day window has yet to be confirmed, many have raised the point that "coronavirus won't take time off" for the occasion.
As Piers urged people to consider the bigger picture, Hilary shared his concern that it could do more harm than good.
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Susanna Reid had asked Hilary about the calls, only for Piers to interrupt to vent his frustrations over people putting Christmas before stopping the virus.
He said: "Why are we going on about Christmas all the time, why are we making this a huge thing about wanting to abandon all regulations?
"All sensible stuff, all the mass inside with our families so everyone gets the virus and everyone starts dying, I don't get it."
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Dr Hilary said: "A lot of viewers are saying, 'Are you kidding, the virus is not gonna take five days off for Christmas'.
"There are a lot of people who can't celebrate Christmas, people who work in the NHS, doctors, nurses, paramedics, emergency workers, and the police – they work normal duties on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Christmas Eve.
"Everybody else wants to party. They want to have their celebration, their roast turkey and have five households gathering together.
The government are said to be considering a five-day window at Christmas
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"It's a recipe for disaster I am afraid, I mean just look at the figures now…numbers are going up.
"If we, according to the British Medical Association, come out of lockdown with no strategy to control the infection rate, Christmas is gonna be a disaster and we're gonna reap the results of that in February and March.
"By which time we won't have a sufficient vaccine rolled out to protect the population and we will be back to square one."
Piers added: "The vaccine cavalry is coming… we're talking maybe, I dunno, six months or whatever… that's not that long away.
"If in the meantime we just ignore the rules and get relaxed about everything, so many people will die unnecessarily before the cavalry arrives."
He added how we "have to be selfless", with Hilary saying people "can't postpone a pandemic".
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.