Dr Hilary Jones has revealed he won’t be spending Christmas with his children despite the lockdown rules lifting over the festive period.
Speaking with Lorraine Kelly on Thursday’s instalment of her chat show, Dr Hilary warned that the safest thing to do is not to see your loved ones this Christmas, despite the government’s plans to ease the guidelines for five days.
‘If you really love your grandparents, the safest thing and most loving thing might not be to see them this Christmas,’ he began.
‘But a different way of seeing them, whether it be on a conference call on the internet, or whether it’s on the phone.
‘Let’s hang on. We’ve got vaccines coming along just around the corner and I think if we are patient we will get through this much quicker.’
‘If you look at all the countries that have had stricter lockdowns, they have come out of it quicker and a better economy as well,’ he added.
The GP went on to explain that he would love to see his children under one roof at Christmas, but he won’t as he wants to keep everyone safe.
‘As far as where we are, from your point of view – just be sensible?’ Lorraine asked.
‘The trouble is you will get people who are sensible and the 20% have said, “We’re just going to do it”. So you might get the chance where your neighbours are having a party for 30 people and they’re not breaking the rules in a sense because of three different households.’
‘I’m not going to do that, I’d love to see all my kids under one roof but I won’t,’ Dr Hilary replied.
‘I can’t choose two of them and not the others so I won’t do it, I just won’t.’
On Wednesday’s Good Morning Britain, the TV doctor told hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid that the government’s plans for a five-day break could have an enormous effect on the country going forward.
He even slammed the UK by branding it a ‘weak nation’ because people can’t wait for a Covid-19 vaccine.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to address the nation today to further set out England’s new, tougher coronavirus three-tier system.
The new tier system will come into effect after the nation’s month-long lockdown ends on December 2, and will be relaxed for a five-day period over Christmas.
The tiers will come into effect at 12.01am on Wednesday and will remain in place until March, with a partial lifting of rules between December 23 – 27 so families can spend the festive period together.
Ministers will review measures every two weeks and if by December 16 there are areas which are successfully lowering transmission rates, they could be dropped down a tier ahead of Christmas.
Christmas bubbles will have to be exclusive over the five day period, meaning people cannot move from one three-house group to another and must gather in private homes, go to outdoor public spaces or places of worship.
Children whose parents are separated will be able to move between two separate bubbles, but elderly care home residents will not to join their families.
Lorraine airs weekdays at 9am on ITV.
Credit: Original article published here.