Gogglebox stars surprised to learn about one new coronavirus guideline

Chris Edwards
Photo credit: Channel 4

From Digital Spy

While Gogglebox fans would have been hoping for the Channel 4 show to provide some much-needed light relief this week, it was never going to dodge the topic of the coronavirus pandemic.

During tonight's episode (March 20), the professional armchair critics watched one of the government's daily updates on the virus.

As Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a new set of guidelines for the public to adhere to – including the advice to stay away from public places such as pubs, restaurants and cinemas – the Gogglebox stars looked visibly shocked.

Photo credit: Channel 4

But Lee Riley and Jenny Newby were particularly taken by surprise when it was also announced that everyone should avoid all non-essential contact, keeping a safe distance of 1.5 metres away from other individuals.

After hearing the new guideline, a perturbed Lee shuffled away from Jenny on the sofa and then slowly turned to look at her with mild contempt.

Photo credit: Channel 4

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It's important to note that news footage shown in tonight's episode was from an old coronavirus bulletin.

As of today, the government has now ordered all pubs, restaurants, clubs, theatres, cinemas, gyms and leisure centres to close, meaning the public no longer have the choice to visit these kinds of spaces.

Gogglebox airs on Channel 4.

The information in this story is accurate as of the publication date. While we are attempting to keep our content as up-to-date as possible, the situation surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to develop rapidly, so it's possible that some information and recommendations may have changed since publishing.

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