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Dr Hilary Jones explains the REAL reason you can't see your family but can go back to work on GMB

The government's latest coronavirus rules have sparked controversy

Dr Hilary Jones has addressed concern around the government's latest lockdown measures.

On Good Morning Britain today (May 13), Piers Morgan pointed out that many weren't happy around new coronavirus guidelines.

Piers Morgan question latest coronavirus lockdown measures on GMB (Credit: ITV)

Piers Morgan criticises lockdown guidelines

He explained that people believed that the economy was being prioritised over people's wellbeing and families.

"We keep being told common sense is the driving force behind all of this but a lot of it is nonsensical," he said.

READ MORE: GMB fans turn on Dr Hilary Jones for the first time after explosive debate with Piers Morgan

"Here's an example – estate agents have been told you're back in business.

"I can book 50 different appointments today to visit 50 random families.

"Oddly, I can spend all day dong it as long as I maintain social distancing in the houses.

"Yet what I can't do is go to my parents' house because that's against the law – I would be fined."

Piers then accused the government of prioritising returning to work over families being reunited and question if it was safe.

GMB's Dr Hilary Jones explained the government's decision (Credit: ITV)

Economy over family?

Although GMB's Dr Hilary Jones acknowledged that he could understand Piers' argument, he disagreed and explained his reasoning.

"The government's scientific advisors would say this – when we're in contact with our families and those dearest to us, we tend to be more intimate," he said.

"We tend to want to hug them, get closer to them and spend much longer with them than we would someone looking at our house.

"The government is saying that if you're with an extended member of your family, you are much more likely to transmit the virus.

"And that is why they are very sensitive about having gatherings of more than one other person."

GMB's Dr Hilary divides fans

Following the lively debate, Susanna Reid found herself agreeing with GMB's Dr Hilary.

"They've got a point," she admitted. "I am going to sit here more than two metres away from [Piers] and there is absolutely no way that I am going to hug you."

However, those tuning in at home were divided by Dr Hilary's comments.

Some tweeted their support: "It’s a crying shame that Dr Hilary isn’t part of the daily Government briefings.

Dr Hilary's explanation divided viewers (Credit: ITV_

"The clarity and composure he exudes when explaining every point he’s been asked during pandemic has been exemplary and extremely reassuring."

But some were more skeptical: "Here we go again Dr Hilary straight away supporting the government he must be getting paid by Boris.

"For once tell the public the truth. "There is double standards in these government guidelines will Dr Hilary admit it for once."

Good Morning Britain is on ITV, weekdays at 6am.

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