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Fury as Dr Hilary Jones tells parents separated from children in tier 2: ‘It’s not the end of the world’

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Dr Hilary Jones caused an outcry on Good Morning Britain today after explaining how the new three-tier system will affect separated parents.

On Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced new measures in a traffic-light style system, which now allows the government to implement local lockdowns to help stall the spread of Covid-19.

Liverpool was the first city to be placed into the most extreme category of tier three, seeing bars and gyms closed, while amateur sports and hobbies have been banned.

And now, separated parents have been left confused as to where they stand on childcare.

Writing in to the breakfast programme, one mum asked if her child can go and visit their father who is currently living in a tier two area.

Dr Hilary said: ‘In tier one, you can because six people from different households can mix indoors our outdoors.

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Fury as Dr Hilary Jones tells parents separated from children in tier 2: ‘It’s not the end of the world’ (Picture: ITV)

‘So, in tier two my understanding would be if the other parent with children under 18 is part of that support bubble then that’s still permittable.

‘But, if not in tier two and three and it’s a different household and that’s where people live most of the time, then it is not permitted to meet up indoors.’

Trying to reassure people, he noted: ‘Remember, this regional lockdown will only be for a temporary period so it’s not the end of the world.’

However, this comment sparked backlash on Twitter, as it’s thought some of these regional lockdowns could last up to six months.

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Did I just hear that failed doctor on #GMB correctly single parents in different tiers can’t see there kids but to him “ it’s temporary and ISNT THE END OF THE WORLD” absolutely disgusting @ITV you need sort this #ofcom [sic],’ one angered parent wrote.

Another said: ‘Watching Dr Hillary on #GMB say that if people can’t work because of the restrictions “so be it”. And if a child can’t see a parent “it’s not the end of the world”. Out of touch with the real world doesn’t even begin to cover it [sic].’

And it seems many others felt the same: ‘”It’s not the end of the world!” It is for a small child that doesn’t understand the situation Doc! To disrupt a routine between separated parents can be quite upsetting for a child! #GMB [sic].’

The government website has listed a number of exemptions to the rules ‘where people from different households can gather.’

They stated ‘for arrangements where children do not live in the same household as both their parents or guardians.’

From midnight tonight, London will be the next city to enter tier two as well as Barrow and Furness, Chesterfield, Elmbridge in Surrey, Erewash, Essex, North East Derbyshire and York.

Good Morning Britain continues weekdays at 6am on ITV.

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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