GMB star Laura Tobin has been criticised by viewers for travelling from a Tier 4 area to present the weather.
On Tuesday’s show, the meteorologist presented the weather from Blenheim Palace, which is in Tier 2.
Laura explained the World Heritage Site had refunded tickets from visitors who were due to travel in from Tier 4 areas.
What did GMB viewers say about Laura Tobin?
However, she was allowed access into the area because she was there for work.
Viewers weren’t impressed, with many questioning whether the trip was “essential”.
It could be turning drier and brighter for Christmas Day ☀️@Lauratobin1 is live from the stunning light show at Blenheim Palace with the latest forecast.
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) December 22, 2020
One person said on Twitter: “Don’t think Laura’s job is essential…”
Another wrote: “Laura has gone from tier 4 to tier 2 for this VT surely that’s not allowed.”
Dont think Laura's job is essential…#GMB
— Ben (@bensmith199703) December 22, 2020
A third tweeted: “GMB why has Laura Tobin travelled from a tier 4 to a tier 2 to present the weather from Blenheim Palace?!”
Another wrote: “Is it really necessary for Laura to be at Blenheim Palace, travelling from tier 4 or am I missing something?”
— Sarah Wallace (@SarahWa84218727) December 22, 2020
#gmb is it really necessary for Laura to be at Blenheim Palace, travelling from tier 4 or am I missing something?
— Lakky (@lakky1) December 22, 2020
What are the Tier 4 restrictions?
A spokesperson for GMB said: “Everyone on the production team is working incredibly hard to make sure the show adheres to the guidelines. Good Morning Britain is fully covid compliant and follows the rules regarding broadcast media.”
At the weekend, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new rules for those living in London and the south East.
Those in Tier 4 must stay at home and not travel outside of their area unless there is an essential reason like work, education, medical treatment and caring responsibilities.
However, travel for leisure is not permitted.
In addition, those in Tier 4 areas won’t be able to mix with anyone outside of their household during the festive period, including Christmas Day.
Meanwhile, these restrictions could be in place until Easter, Government has admitted.
A senior scientist advising the government, Professor Neil Ferguson, said it’s possible the restrictions could last until Easter.
A spokesperson for Mr Johnson said: “We obviously won’t keep these rules in place any longer than is necessary.
“But it’s important (we) continue to look at the scientific data and evidence in order to inform our (decisions), but I would stress the important thing is for people to follow the rules.”
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