Dr Hilary defends going mask-free at Wimbledon after GMB viewers slam hypocrisy

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Dr Hilary Jones has been forced to defend his decision to go mask-free at Wimbledon after Good Morning Britain viewers accused him of being a hypocrite.

The TV medic has frequently spoken about the importance of wearing a mask in crowded spaces, even after 19 July.

Earlier this week, he was part of a tense discussion with guest host Richard Madeley as he explained why people shouldn't abandon all coronavirus restrictions after "Freedom Day".

But when photos emerged of Dr Hilary on a visit to Wimbledon to watch the tennis, where he sat in the crowd without a mask, some people questioned his views.


One person tweeted: "Dr Hilary means do as he says, not as he does. 'people at Wembley, most of them might be wearing masks but none of them will be when they are sitting down, will they' says Dr Hilary sat down at a crowded Wimbledon…Without a mask. Looks pretty crowded to me."

Another wrote: "Give it up, you’re on @GMB where you have Dr Hilary at the start of the pandemic stating masks aren’t effective. Now he’s saying wear a mask whilst not wearing one in a pharmacy and sitting in a crowd at Wimbledon not wearing one. The level of hypocrisy is embarrassing."

During Thursday's episode of the ITV breakfast show, Alastair Campbell asked the resident doctor how he felt going without a mask at the tennis event. He said: "Did you feel safe? Because you're quite cautious on the whole thing."

Dr Hilary replied: "Yes I did, because people are socially distancing and are being cautious and sensible, and it's a big, vast open-air arena. These are mitigating circumstances so I obeyed the rules

"Of course I got the negative feedback like everyone, but I abided by the rules. If we live with Covid we have to use these mitigating behaviours."

Talking about the lack of masks at the previous night's England vs Denmark Euros semi-final, host Susanna Reid said: "To be fair, you couldn't be at Wembley last night unless you were double jabbed or you'd had a lateral flow negative test.

"I wore a mask for some of the game. It wasn't a requirement, but practically no one was wearing masks."

As Susanna explained the measures that were seemingly relaxed because spectators were outdoors, Dr Hilary agreed with her.

He said: "Absolutely, yes. That's right and wear a mask getting to your seat. You can take the mask off when you're in your seat in the outdoor arena, and you hand sanitise and do all the other things. So you mitigate the one metre rule."

This isn't the first time an ITV presenter has had to explain their mask-wearing.

Earlier in the week, This Morning viewers had questioned why Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield had to sit apart after having been side by side at Wimbledon the day before.

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