BBC Breakfast’s Louise Minchin, 52, welcomed Robert Jenrick, 38, to the programme as she wanted to clear up some confusion over the Government’s new tier system to try and combat the coronavirus pandemic. The presenter spoke to the Housing Minister on everything from why certain regions weren’t in higher tiers and why the Government ignored scientific advice to implement a nationwide lockdown three weeks ago but BBC viewers weren’t too happy.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, 55, officially announced on Monday evening every region in the country would be given an alert level as the cases of COVID-19 continue to spike.
Tier one means certain areas in the UK will have to adhere to the rules already in play, including a 10pm curfew on the hospitality industry and the rule of six.
The high alert level or tier two will mean households can no longer mix, with groups of six only able to meet in private gardens.
The only place to be given tier three, which is near identical to the lockdown implemented back in March, is Liverpool city.
With the new measures threatening businesses and social interaction, Jenrick explained to Minchin why this has become the next viable option instead of forcing the country back into a lockdown.
After SAGE advised the Government to take such serious action, the Housing Minister said: “We listened, as we always do, and I say we did take action.
“But these are balanced judgements and we also have to balance that up against the effect on the economy, people’s jobs and livelihoods and on education, which we’ve made a priority.
“[There] are other unintended consequences of taking action, whether that’s people’s mental health or illnesses and elective surgery which might be delayed.
“So we took a balanced view as to what was required at that moment and that’s the way we will continue to behave.”
A third commented: “#BBCBreakfast I am getting more and more annoyed with the BBC. All we get is criticism of the actions the Government are taking.
“Maybe the BBC could tell us what they think needs to be done,” they added as the outpouring of frustration continued.
Whilst a fourth remarked: “@louiseminchin shocking journalism. Asking why some areas were tier two as opposed to tier three and What would need to happen for them to be tier three…give me strength. #BBCBreakfast.”
However, not everyone was deterred by the scenes on-screen as others were pleased with the effort Minchin was making to get answers.