Appearing in ITV Good Morning Britain, the Tory MP claimed Boris Johnson’s latest address on coronavirus was very clear. But ITV host Susanna Reid challenged him: “When I suggested to other people that from Wednesday we can have a socially distanced meeting in a park, everybody I texted said ‘that wasn’t in the speech, I don’t think we can do that Susanna’. I said no, there was a separate political briefing. How are people watching his speech yesterday supposed to know what they can now do?”
To which he replied: “Well, it’s very clear. Social distancing at two metres apart.
“Susanna, you worked it out, I’m sure the public can work it out.”
The ITV host argued she only worked it out as she has contact with political journalists on Twitter who had been separately briefed on the rules by Number 10.
But Andrew Bridgen blasted: “I don’t know which parallel universe you’ve been inhabiting.
ITV GMB: Andrew Bridgen claimed Boris Johnson’s message was clear
ITV GMB: Susanna Reid clashed with Andrew Bridgen over Boris Johnson’s coronavirus message
“Perhaps you don’t have to go and do your shopping at the supermarket.
“When I go around the supermarket, two-metre distancing and people are interacting with me from a two-metre distance and talking to me.“
He added: “I’ve been doing that for eight weeks!”
Mr Johnson will provide more detailed plans to gradually ease the coronavirus lockdown when the Government publishes its official guidance today amid widespread calls for clarity.
The Prime Minister will address the House of Commons at 3.30pm and take questions from the public on the new measures.
In an attempt to explain the new rules, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab suggested people will not be allowed to play football under the relaxed lockdown rules.
He told BBC Breakfast: “No I don’t think so because you can’t stay two metres apart.
“So, we do want people to play more sport and let me give you one example of something you can do.
“Two people from the same home could go and play tennis, because that’s something where they could stay two metres apart from everyone else.
“What you couldn’t then do, and this is why we say you’ve got to stay alert, you couldn’t then go into the clubhouse and mill around where you will be within two metres of other people.
“So, football would be one of those where I think would be very difficult to stay two metres apart if you’re playing, you know, 11-a-side or even five-a-side.”
Coronavirus: UK stages of easing the lockdown
Discussing changes to the exercise rules, Dominic Raab told BBC Breakfast: “You can drive as far as you want to drive to go and walk in a park or a particular area that you’re fond of as long as you maintain the social distancing.
“But obviously, if you’re going from one part of the UK to another, so if you’re going from England to Wales or from Scotland to Wales and different rules are in place because the devolved administrations take a different approach you need to be very mindful of the regulations that they’ve got in place.”
Asked about who should be going back to work, he said: “If you can work from home stay at home because that is the best way to avoid the interaction that spreads the virus.
“If you can’t work from home, then you should now go back to work, because there’s been enough time, we’ve got the virus down, the consultation and measures have been put in place in the workplace, for example, manufacturing, or the construction setting, which means it can be done in a safe way.
“If at all possible, walk or cycle or drive to work, and only if absolutely necessary use public transport.”