GMB's Dr Hilary criticises plans to let families meet up at Christmas

Dr. Hilary Jones has criticized the UK government for its anticipated Christmas plans, calling them “premature” and warning that the rule of six was previously ineffective in preventing the spread of Covid-19.

The government is reportedly considering a three to five day period during which people will be given more freedom to travel and spend time with loved ones during the festive period.

You can read more about those plans here.

A small number of households in the UK are expected to be able to mingle over the period, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson on hand to reveal further details of the plan later on Monday.

But speaking on Good Morning Britain Monday morning, health expert Dr Hilary warned that the relaxed plans would cause “another month of lockdown” in the UK.

When asked what he thought about the rumors about the festive plan, he told Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid, “My personal opinion is that the rule of six didn’t work.

“I’ve always said that the rule of six was ridiculous, six different people from different households all coming together and possibly transmitting the virus to each other and then taking it to five other households.

“I always thought that was crazy, and it certainly didn’t work because we got a second wave.

“Now we say here that Christmas continues, there is speculation that different households may come together.

‘I think they are talking about four households, which could be two parents, four children and two grandparents.

“It could be eight people in each household coming together, four households, that’s 32 people.

All together, they won’t be socially aloof, they’ll hug each other and sit around the table together. And for what? For another month of lockdown.

‘I think it’s too early for me. I think there are safer ways to celebrate Christmas.

“I have a lot of sympathy for pubs and restaurants, where people can dine reasonably safely, as long as they distance themselves socially.

“I think outdoor sports should be resumed, but I think the idea that households come together where people are more intimate within families, where they come together indoors with very good ventilation – I think it’s premature.”

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