Stacey Solomon was among the stars who criticised the proposals during the programme this lunchtime, calling it ‘insulting’ to those who had been forced to miss funerals, births or lost their jobs in the current coronavirus lockdown.
Meanwhile Janet Street Porter ranted that she was sick of being ‘patronised’ the current restrictions, explaining: ‘I just think the time has come to ask people, what risks are you prepared to take? Decide for yourself.’
The comments come as it was reported Britons could get up to five days of loosened restrictions over the festive season under new plans being considered by ministers.
The Loose Women panel slammed the idea of loosening Covid-19 restrictions for Christmas after reports emerged ministers are drawing up plans to allow families to mix during the festive holiday (pictured, Stacey Solomon)
Starting the programme, Janet said: ‘Personally I want something to cheer me up. I get cross when stories about this get floated into the press by people in Downing Street.
‘All our social life and mental wellbeing are in the hands of people who frankly haven’t got a master plan.’
She added that she had been left ‘confused’ by the ever changing rules, saying: ‘Me and a lot of people watching, we haven’t got a bubble. I live by myself and I just want to get my life back.
‘My life is in the hands of people who messed up test and trace, messed up ordering the PPE and gave it to their pals, and messed up lockdown, and certainly messed up seeing our relatives.’
Janet Street Porter exploded in an angry rant on the programme as she said she was ‘confused’ by current rules and criticised the cabinet as ‘white, stale old men’
Ruth Langsford explained that she had spoken to her ‘very pragmatic’ mother about the restrictions last night, revealing: ‘She said, “Well you know a virus doesn’t respect Christmas and during the war, Christmas wasn’t very nice either. There were people who were away and people who died.
‘”If this is what we have to do so that people like me can emerge at the end of this and be safe, we must just have to knuckle down and forget Christmas as we’ve known it. And just be in the social bubbles we’re already in.”‘
Janet responded: ‘I think you should let older people have to decide for themselves. The time has come.
‘They’ve been deprived of human touch. Older people have been treated worse than a lot of prisoners who at least get exercise and visit.’
Meanwhile Stacey said the government was facing a ‘really difficult’ job, but added: ‘This proposal is almost insulting to this lockdown we’re currently in.
‘So many people have lost their jobs, businesses closing jobs, retail closing down. To say, “Oh we’ll just relax it for Christmas”…
The panel were highly critical of the idea of lifting lockdown for days over the period, with Ruth suggesting the nation ‘forget about Christmas we know it’
‘It almost makes me feel like, why have you done this to these people now?’
She added: ‘What about people who have missed family funerals and children’s births? All to be told we’ll forget it all at Christmas. I don’t know.’
Meanwhile Ruth pointed to reports that ministers fear ‘a mutiny of mums’ if a workable plan is not found.
Janet exclaimed: ‘How incredible patronizing! Only a cabinet that is dominated by white stale old men would come up with the concept a woman’s place is organising Christmas.
‘The other thing they said that is really patronising is planning a ‘summer get together next year instead’ to replace Christmas. Oh right, thanks for planning my social life.’
Meanwhile Janet said reports ministers ‘feared a mutiny of mums’ if a workable plan wasn’t found were ‘patronising’
The Sun reported today that Britons could get up to five days of loosened restrictions over the festive season under new plans being considered by ministers.
Government chiefs are also considering proposals which would allow family ‘bubbles’ of up to two or three households who will able to meet for Christmas, according to the Times.
According to The i, ministers could ease restrictions even further and allow four households to meet.
Under the proposals, reported in the Sun, households would be allowed to mix for up to five days, starting on Christmas Eve.
The five day period has reportedly been chosen because Christmas Eve falls on a Thursday this year.
It will mean many, but not all workers, will then have Christmas Day and Boxing Day off, followed by Sunday, December 27, and a planned Bank Holiday on Monday, December 28.