Phillip Schofield slams latest lockdown advice from Boris Johnson

BOVINGDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield during the Dancing On Ice 2019 photocall at the Dancing On Ice Studio, ITV Studios, Old Bovingdon Airfield on December 09, 2019 in Bovingdon, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield have expressed confusion over the government's changes to its lockdown rules. (Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Boris Johnson’s latest lockdown advice has been slammed on This Morning, with host Phillip Schofield saying it makes “no sense whatsoever”.

The prime minister addressed the nation on 10 May in a prerecorded statement to present the government’s “road map” for bringing the UK out of lockdown.

But the address has not gone down well with many, and Schofield said it “created more questions than answers”.

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Discussing the new rules, co-presenter Holly Willoughby said: “The problem is, I think we’re all just about holding on, but when there is this level of confusion, it knocks you back.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - In this handout image provided by No 10 Downing Street, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson records a televised message to the nation released on May 10, 2020 in London, England. The Prime Minister announced the next stage in easing lockdown measures intended to curb the spread of Covid-19. (Photo by No 10 Downing Street via Getty Images)
Boris Johnson announced the next stage in easing lockdown measures intended to curb the spread of COVID-19. (10 Downing Street via Getty Images)

Schofield replied: “That’s the problem, we now lack clarity. I understood until last night at 7 o’clock, I understood where we were going, what was happening. Now I don’t understand.”

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One issue that has been raised is over meeting people from outside your household, such as parents.

The advice given on Sunday said this was now allowed, as long as it takes place outside and you only meet one person from outside your household at a time, something Schofield said makes “no sense whatsoever”.

The confusion was heightened on Monday morning when foreign secretary Dominic Raab said people can meet different family members separately on the same day.

This prompted Schofield to compare the handling of the situation to “a farce”.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 23:  Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab takes part in "Clap For Carers" outside the Foreign Office on April 23, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. Following the success of  the "Clap for Our Carers" campaign, members of the public are being encouraged to applaud NHS staff and other key workers from their homes at 8pm every Thursday. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has infected over 2.5 million people across the world, claiming at least 18,738 lives in the U.K. (Photo by Frank Augstein - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Foreign secretary Dominic Raab takes part in a Clap For Carers outside the Foreign Office in April. (Frank Augstein – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

He said: “You literally couldn’t write this. If this was in a farce on the telly, I’d go, ‘That’s a bit far-fetched.’

“It is utterly astonishing. You know that we’ve been really level on here, we’ve been really sensible, I think, on here.

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“But now this has just tipped us over the edge today, until somebody, maybe, would come on the show and explain what it is that you actually want us to do. What are we allowed to do?”

He added: “You made us cross today, Boris.”

This Morning airs on ITV on weekdays from 10am.