Health Secretary Sajid Javid appeared on Thursday's instalment of BBC Breakfast to update viewers on Covid-19 restrictions easing next week. Howeve
Health Secretary Sajid Javid appeared on Thursday’s instalment of BBC Breakfast to update viewers on Covid-19 restrictions easing next week. However, the minister kept being interrupted by Charlie Stayt during their interview as he insisted he “wanted some clarity” on the rules. Many viewers took to social media to hit out over the debate telling the presenter to “give it a rest”.
Keith fumed: “Give it a rest Charlie trying to undermine Javid lifting of restrictions #BBCBreakfast.”
John Symons added: “I will be wearing a face mask, Charlie. If you don’t wish to fine. #BBCBreakfast.”
@AlresfordBear added: “So Charlie is reading the paper to Sajid. This is f******g high brow bucket of bells. #BBCBreakfast.”
However, Imran Sheik disagreed: “Charlie Stayt knows how to interview these Tory Government ministers. Dan Walker should take note. #bbcbreakfast”
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During the interview, the 59-year-old broadcaster told Javid: “If I fast forward to this time next week where there are no longer any restrictions on wearing face masks in public places.
“Next Saturday if Sajid Javid and his family go to the supermarket armed with a trolley and they’ve got to pick up some stuff, will you be wearing a face mask?”
The minister replied: “Next Saturday there won’t be a legal requirement.”
But Stayt interrupted: “The question was, will you be wearing a face mask?”
“I don’t think it would be right to keep rules in place that require people to wear face masks.”
As he was explaining himself, Stayt interrupted once more and said: “I do understand that Sajid Javid but do you equally understand people will be listening to you this morning saying how the rules are relaxed and in the same breath the Health Secretary is telling them they don’t have to wear a mask anymore, but saying, ‘I’m going to wear a mask/’
“Can you see how that is a little mixed?”
Javid disagreed and told the presenter the public has to “exercise their own personal responsibility” on whether they decided to wear a mask when the rules ease.
The Health Secretary announced the lifting of restrictions from Wednesday and next week where mask-wearing, Covid certification and working from home will now become guidance rather than enforced rules.
He admitted the Government could not eradicate coronavirus and the country should learn to live with the virus as restrictions are put behind them.
Javid called the lifting of rule a “major milestone” but warned the UK should not think they are at the “finish line” as further variants could emerge which could disrupt the country’s strategy.
BBC Breakfast continues weekdays between 6am and 9am.