Founder Annemarie Plas is urging Brits to clap for the NHS again on Thursday evenings amid the third lockdown in England.
However, Dr Hilary pointed out that following the lockdown rules is the most important thing – and that people should only be clapping if they’re abiding by the guidelines.
‘What we don’t want is people standing in the street with the rest of the neighbours, that’s humanity mixing again. We want social distancing, we want lockdown,’ he asserted, speaking to Lorraine Kelly and critical care nurse Dawn Bilbrough.
Suggesting alternatives, the 67-year-old added: ‘Open the curtains, put a sign in the window, put something in the garden showing you support the NHS. But abide by the guidelines.
‘Don’t be hypocritical, don’t clap for your heroes and then go and break the rules,’ he continued. ‘That’s not what we want. We want people to obey the rules, do what people like Dawn are saying, and we’ll get through this.’
Dr Hilary suggested alternative ways for people to show their support for the NHS (Picture: ITV)
Clap for Carers was originally started as a way to show gratitude and appreciation to NHS and care staff working on the frontline.
It has now been renamed Clap for Heroes in order to acknowledge teachers, homeschooling parents, those who are shielding and ‘every other person who is having a difficult time’ during the third lockdown.
Annemarie tweeted: ‘We are bringing back the 8pm applause, in our 3rd lockdown I hope it can lift the spirit, of all of us.
Clap for Carers is returning as Clap for Heroes (Picture: Getty Images)
‘Carers teacher, homeschooling parents, those who shield and ALL who is pushing through this difficult time! Please join & share [sic]!’
During the show, Dr Hilary and Lorraine also spoke to critical care nurse Dawn, who went viral during the first lockdown as she tearfully urged people to stop panic buying.
She admitted it’s ‘difficult to stay positive’ and pleaded with viewers to follow the lockdown rules.
‘Families have been torn apart each and every day by this virus,’ she said, adding: ‘Our job is incredibly difficult right now.’
Dawn went on to say: ‘I just would like people to just wake up and pay attention to what’s happening in our country right now’.
Lorraine airs weekdays at 9am on ITV.
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