James Jordan, 41, who rose to fame on Strictly Come Dancing, vented his frustrations after people have continued visiting pubs and bars across the UK despite the Government’s instructions to avoid mass gatherings following the coronavirus pandemic. The outspoken dancer took to Twitter and branded pubgoers “murderers” if they pass on the virus to vulnerable people.
In view of his 270,000 followers, James fumed: “If anyone is stupid enough to still go out to pubs etc and mix unnecessarily with their friends because they believe they are at low risk.
“Not only is this selfish but if you do pass on the virus & someone else dies, in my opinion that makes you a murderer! #StayAtHome.”
Fans inundated the professional dancer with comments, as some people disagreed with James’ comments.
One person replied: “I work in a pub in the evening to bring money in so that my family can afford the food that is no longer left on the shelves. The electricity & gas that we need especially since I won’t be earning. Coming from a celebrity who still has money I am NOT a murderer for doing this!”(sic)
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James hit back: “Everyone in the world in the same position luv…I’ll let you pay my bills, we all have them.
“I’m sure many people reading this have been affected massively financially not just you. Worry about finances after it’s all over. Plus you don’t know my financial situation.”(sic)
Another social media person commented: “My mum is forced to go to work & be screamed and shouted at in a supermarket for 8-10 hours a day dealing with the public and handling money. Therefore if she wants to go to the pub she is deemed a murderer?! Wowzer harsh words there @The_JamesJordan.”(sic)
However, other Twitter users seemingly appeared to agree with James.
“I have friends who are still going to the pub as they put it ‘We’ll all die one day”. Well I’d like to not die yet, I don’t want my 54 year old diabetic dad to die yet either!! So sick of people being selfish,” a person replied.
Another user added: “Christ so those of us only going out for essential food/supplies are being put at risk by shop staff who ‘need a drink!’ I’ve heard it all now! Get a bottle with your staff discount and drink at home like the rest of us!”
James’ tweet comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged members of the public to start working from home “where they possibly can” and “avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues”.
Schools across the UK have also been forced to close from Monday.
The recent coronavirus pandemic has seen a recent surge in cases of the virus across the country.
Dozens of stations on the London Underground network have also closed in an attempt to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the capital.
An emergency Coronavirus Bill published yesterday would give the Government the power to close down premises and stop people entering as well as detain people to be tested for the virus, then force them to isolate for 14 days or face a £1,000 fine.
Elsewhere, James shared some happy news yesterday, after he admitted it had been a “stressful week”.