Chris Evans, 53, urged people to stay at home over the weekend, despite the temperature soaring into the 20s. The government worried that the warm weather over the past two days would encourage people to venture outside regardless of the UK coronavirus lockdown that was enforced two weeks ago.
But bear in mind, let’s not take the Mickey – get out there for your exercise, but let’s not take the Michael because we need our hour of exercise
With many celebrities using their platforms to implore fans to follow the rules, Chris was among them, warning listeners “not to take the Mickey”.
While discussing the upcoming weekend on Friday’s show, the former BBC host reiterated the important message.
“It’s going to be gorgeous over the weekend,” he said.
“It’s going to be very nice for many of us on Sunday, with highs of 21 degrees!
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“But bear in mind, let’s not take the Mickey – get out there for your exercise, but let’s not take the Michael because we need our hour of exercise.”
He noted that the UK’s situation could get a lot worse than our current state if people didn’t follow the rules.
“We are in a soft lockdown, it could be a lot more severe if we don’t do what we’re supposed to do, which is stay home, stay safe, help the NHS and save lives!”
The UK coronavirus death toll now stands at an estimated 4,934, and according to the Department of Health, the number who have tested positive across the UK as of 9am on Sunday, now stands at 47,806.
In Sunday’s daily coronavirus briefing, health secretary Matt Hancock also made clear that if people continue to break the rules, there could be consequences for us all.
He implored people not to venture outside unnecessarily despite the warm weather, and confirmed that sunbathing was against the rules as the temperatures are set to sky rocket once again this coming week.
It comes after pictures emerged of police forces up and down the country dispersing sunbathers in parks and other public areas who were lapping up the rays.
The West Suffolk MP warned that if people flout them, “we might have to take further action”.
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Chris repeated his point from earlier in the week, where he slammed people who were complaining about staying at home.
Under the circumstances, the ex-Top Gear presenter wasn’t best pleased.
“For most of us, it should be more than bearable,” he snapped, before structuring a scenario where the same rules apply, but in a different situation.
“Imagine if you were at home on a Sunday night and it’s a school night, no wine for the grown-ups, and then your boss calls you at, let’s say 4:30-5:30pm on a Sunday,” he began.
“They say ‘Do you fancy the week off? There’s one condition – you have to stay home with your kids.'”
He continued: “So, you can go out once a day to get food and you can go for a bike ride every single day. But other than that you have to stay at home.”
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He paused for a second to let it sink in before making his final point.
“You’d jump at the chance, wouldn’t you?!”
He did however, sympathise with people who have specific circumstances that would make quarantine particularly difficult.
“For some people with child care, absolutely I get it and for people who’s income – I get all that.”
“But for a lot of other people – shut up honestly. Let’s just get on with it.”
The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Sky airs weekday at 6:30am on Virgin Radio.
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