/Piers Morgan says Boris Johnsons plans make no sense as families still cannot reunite

Piers Morgan says Boris Johnsons plans make no sense as families still cannot reunite

‘I can see thousands of strangers in parks but I can’t see my sons?’ Piers Morgan says Boris Johnson’s plans ‘make no sense’ as families still cannot reunite despite exercise rules being relaxed

  • Boris Johnson eased several lockdown restrictions in an address this evening
  • However, he failed to mention when Britons can reunite with their whole families
  • Piers Morgan led backlash online, writing that the easing doesn’t ‘make sense’ 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has come under fire after he urged the nation to return to work and eased several lockdown measures this evening – but asked Britons to continue social distancing from friends and family. 

The PM announced that, from Wednesday, people will be allowed to exercise outside for as long as they want, sunbathe in parks, play sports and even drive to any location. 

He also said non-essential staff should go back into work if they can’t work from home – though he urged them to avoid public transport. 

However, Mr Johnson failed to mention any easing of restrictions to visiting friends and family who live in different households.  

The conflicting advice led to fury online, with devastated Britons questioning why they are expected to mix with work colleagues and sunbathe and exercise with strangers while avoiding loved ones. 

Piers Morgan led the criticism, claiming that the new rules ‘make no sense’.

He wrote: ‘So, the Prime Minister is urging millions of non-essential workers to go out to work – but also telling people we still can’t see family or friends even if we maintain the same social distancing rules as non-essential workers at work?

‘Makes no sense. I can drive 100s of miles to sunbathe alongside complete strangers on a beach, maintaining 2m distance – but not see my parents? This is ridiculous.

Piers Morgan led anger at Boris Johnson's easing of lockdown restrictions this evening, after the PM failed to mention when families would be allowed to reunite

Piers Morgan led anger at Boris Johnson's easing of lockdown restrictions this evening, after the PM failed to mention when families would be allowed to reunite

Piers Morgan led anger at Boris Johnson’s easing of lockdown restrictions this evening, after the PM failed to mention when families would be allowed to reunite

‘I haven’t seen two of my sons for 10 weeks. They live 10 minutes away, next to a large common. Am I allowed to go and see them, if I stay 2 metres away? The answer appears to be no, yet I can see 1000s of strangers a day in my local park if I stay 2m away

‘Do I have to get my sons & myself temporary jobs on a building site so I can see them?’

Piers wasn’t the only once angered by the Prime Minister’s speech, with people all over the country commenting.   

One person said: ‘Can’t see my boyfriend, friends or family yet but I can go to work but I shouldn’t take public transport to get there ?? Ok Boris.’

A second said: ‘So nothing is mentioned about friends and family again?! And he wonders why people are not sticking to lockdown.

‘Jesus throw us a bone over here. Almost 2 months!!!

While a third wrote: ‘Boris Johnson, so one thing you didn’t mention.. When can we see our family again? We can go and chill in the park, sit on benches in the sun and some can go to work.. but we can’t see our loved ones?’

A father wrote: ‘So I can’t see family, I can teach a class of kids but distanced, I can’t send my son to nursery as it’s closed and he can’t go to his grandparents but it’s okay, I can play sport with him!’  

Mr Johnson said in his speech this evening: ‘From this Wednesday, we want to encourage people to take more and even unlimited amounts of outdoor exercise. 

‘You can sit in the sun in your local park, you can drive to other destinations, you can even play sports but only with members of your own household.

‘You must obey the rules on social distancing and to enforce those rules we will increase the fines for the small minority who break them.’

The National Trust said it was reviewing plans for reopening sites following Boris Johnson’s speech.

‘Following the Prime Minister’s broadcast outlining the Government’s gradual road map out of lockdown, we will begin to review its effect on our reopening plans,’ a spokeswoman said.

Last week, the trust said it was working on plans to reopen sites, which have been shut to the public since March 24.

Though some will celebrate the news, others have reacted with alarm at the PM’s announcement. 

Cumbria’s tourism board tweeted: ‘We are shocked by the timing and short notice of tonight’s announcement. We are awaiting further details but the safety of residents must come first. 

‘For now, tourism businesses in Cumbria remain closed and we urge everyone to continue to £StayHome.’ 

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