Dr Hilary Jones has warned that a lockdown-free Christmas could be a “massive problem” and result in a huge surge of coronavirus infections.
It comes after suggestions that parts of the country may face new restrictions a few weeks before and after Christmas to allow rules to be relaxed on the big day itself.
However, ITV’s resident health expert argued on Good Morning Britain today that a lack of restrictions over the festive period could lead to a massive spike in new coronavirus cases and infections.
Watch the video above to see why Dr Hilary thinks relaxing restrictions over Christmas could be problematic.
GMB host Charlotte Hawkins presented the idea of restrictions being relaxed over Christmas and asked Dr Hilary for his opinion on the matter.
“There seems to be this suggestion that we might see a Christmas window. We might see restrictions before Christmas, a bit of a breather over Christmas but then back into further restrictions afterwards,” Charlotte outlined.
Dr Hilary replied: “It’s an interesting one isn’t it. There is huge popularity for the idea of families being able to get together at Christmas.
“I understand [there are calls] to have a lockdown two weeks before Christmas, two free days and then another lockdown straight afterwards.
“There are pros and cons to this. Some people are saying the risk of transmission over those two free days is low but actually I don’t think it is.
“Millions of people would want to get together with their families and the virus takes only a matter of minutes or hours to transmit when you are in close contact with people you are friendly and intimate with.
“I think that could be a massive problem.”
Following the announcement that West Yorkshire will be placed in Tier 3, nearly a fifth of England will be under the toughest coronavirus restrictions from Monday.
Dr Hilary went on to add that it looks likely much of the country will soon follow suit as the virus continues to spread in Europe and result in countries like France and Germany enter national lockdowns.
“We are following what is happening in France and Germany. The figures are pretty brutal here so I think there is massive cause for concern.”
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.