For over the year, people in the UK have had to abide by strict rules in a bid to stem the spread of covid-19.
And on Monday, Phillip Schofield, 59, admitted that he’s fed up of social distancing as he accidentally broke the rules on This Morning by sitting too close to Holly Willoughby, 40.
‘I am sick of all of this!’ cried the frustrated presenter after his co-host ordered him to ‘back off’ to the other end of the sofa.
Sick of it! In Monday, Phillip Schofield, 59, admitted that he’s fed up of social distancing as he accidentally broke the rules on This Morning by sitting too close to Holly Willoughby, 40
Current rules state: ‘You should stay 2 metres apart from anyone who is not in your household or support bubble where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings) if you cannot stay 2 metres apart.’
Noticing that he and Holly were closer than usual, Phil announced: ‘We are also closer than we are supposed to be!’
While smiling, Holly ordered her co-host: ‘Back off down that end, I am where I am supposed to be!’
‘I am not!’ admitted Phil, before adding: ‘I am sick of all of this!!’ as he moved himself to the far end of the sofa.
Move it! ‘I am sick of all of this!’ cried the frustrated presenter after his co-host ordered him to ‘back off’ to the other end of the sofa
Whoops! Noticing that he and Holly were closer than usual, Phil announced: ‘We are also closer than we are supposed to be!’ before realising it was he who wasn’t sat at the end of the sofa
Later, the presenters sat down to discussed the fact that May 17 is the date that hugging will be allowed in the UK, but that social distancing rules must still be kept up.
Clearly perplexed, Phil asked: ‘I can hug Holly but I can’t sit next to her?’ but deduced that he believes that as ‘long as both adults agree’ that they can exchange an embrace.
Last week Holly revealed that she was fully vaccinated, sharing an image to Instagram showing her having her coronavirus jab.
The presenter wore a face mask while the jab was administered and shared a long caption thanking the NHS before speaking to her This Morning co-star Phillip Schofield about the ‘seamless’ process and emotional experience.
Jabbed: Last week, Holly shared an image showing her having her coronavirus jab
In the Instagram post she penned: ‘Had my vaccine yesterday… straight forward and seamless… felt super emotional (it’s been tough right?) Thank you to our incredible @nhsengland for everything…
‘For being there when you need them most. We are so lucky to live in a country that has a system that has rolled out vaccines so successfully…Back to work today with a spring in my step.’
Speaking to Phillip, she said: ‘I am vaccinated as of yesterday. Totally seamless all fine. It’s quite an emotional experienced…
‘There’s an atmosphere that we’re all finally getting that vaccination that we wanted. That’s my first one I’ve got to wait a while.
When Phillip commented on the speed at which the vaccines were administered, Holly responded by saying she felt ‘fine’ after her jab.
Opening up: The presenter also spoke to her This Morning co-star Phillip Schofield about the ‘seamless’ process and emotional experience
In a huge boost for the nation, vaccines for over-30s are set to start imminently while 40-year-olds – such as Holly – have been invited for their jabs from last week as the numbers falling ill with Covid drop to the lowest level since the pandemic began.
Now, anyone aged 40 and over in England can book a vaccination, and on May 10 this is set to be extended, when people aged 35 to 39 are likely to be called up for their first jabs.
On Thursday, a major study found that Vaccinations rather than lockdowns are the ‘key driver’ for reducing Covid infections.
Two doses of the Pfizer vaccine were shown to give people more than 95 per cent protection against infection, severe illness, and death.
Opening up: In the Instagram post, she admitted the experience felt ‘super emotional’
The first assessment of a national vaccination programme found cases fell most drastically when people were given a second dose of the Pfizer jab, rather than at the start of lockdown.
Infections and hospitalisations declined most quickly in the over-65s, reflecting the higher and earlier vaccination rates among older people. And crucially the trend continued when younger people were jabbed, showing the jab was extremely effective in halting overall spread.
Experts said the findings prove vaccines can result in herd immunity, making future lockdowns unnecessary if there is sufficient uptake.
It comes after Boris Johnson last month controversially claimed that lockdown restrictions had done the ‘bulk of the work’ in thwarting Britain’s second wave.