Dr Hilary Jones has warned that the potential Christmas lift is ‘too much too soon’ and could result in major setbacks in the fight against coronavirus.
The Good Morning Britain medical expert delivered his message to viewers to take care as Boris Johnson prepares to announce his plans for the upcoming festive season.
It’s been reported that up to four households could be allowed to be together for Christmas Day – but Dr Hilary said that could cause a catastrophic setback in the long run in our handling of the virus.
When asked about it by Piers Morgan, he said: ‘I have to say my personal view is this: the rule of six didn’t work.
‘I always said the rule of six was ridiculous, six different people from different households all coming together, all potentially transmitting the virus to one another, and then taking it home to five other households.
‘I always thought that was crazy, and it certainly didn’t work because we got a second wave.’
‘Now here we are saying that Christmas is going to go ahead and there’s speculation that several households will be able to get together,’ he continued.
‘I think they’re talking about four households, which could be two parents, four children and two grandparents, could be eight people in each household, coming together, four households – 32 people.
‘All mingling together, but there won’t be socially distancing, there’ll be hugging, they’ll be sitting around the same turkey, having their roast potatoes and spuds and everything else and Christmas pudding, and for what? For another month of lockdown.
‘To me, I think it’s too much too soon – I think there are safer ways of having Christmas.’
While on air, news broke that the Oxford vaccine could be up to 90% effective following preliminary tests.
It’s been claimed that mass vaccinations are hoping to be rolled out by next summer.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.
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