‘I just have to get on with it’: Good Morning Britain’s Adil Ray has to spend Christmas alone after travelling to London for the show at the weekend
The presenter, 46, discussed how the capital moving into Tier 4 has affected his plans over the festive period on Tuesday’s show, as he travelled before PM Boris Johnson’s announcement.
Adil explained he has to self-isolate from 10 days upon his return to Birmingham, in accordance to guidance from the local authorities.
All by myself: Adil Ray has revealed he now has to spend Christmas alone after travelling to London at the weekend to present Good Morning Britain
The TV personality shared his sadness how he can’t even take his dog Robin for walk during the 10-day period.
Charlotte Hawkins said: ‘It seems like you’re going to have a different return back home’.
Adil replied: ‘Late last night just before going to bed I just sort off started listening to Radio 4 or something and I thought “hang on, this is talking about self isolating, I think this applies to me”.
Upsetting: The presenter, 46, discussed how the capital moving into Tier 4 has affected him on Tuesday’s show
‘Because I’m from Birmingham, which is Tier 3, and I came down for work – which you’re allowed to do – in Tier 4… On the weekend I came down it was announced it was Tier 4.
‘Then on Monday, local authorities – not the national government – have now offered guidance that if you are now coming into places from Tier 4 then you must self-isolate for 10 days.
‘For people who were going up, presumably to see their families, it’s probably not so difficult because they’re just going to have to spend longer with their families.
Isolation: Adil explained he has to self-isolate from 10 days upon his return to Birmingham, in accordance to guidance from the local authorities
‘But for someone like me, and I’m not looking for any sympathy, I have to just get on with it. I live on my own and I thought I’d come down for a couple of days work, go back and see my brother in Birmingham with my nephews and spend Christmas Day with him.’
Adil said he will have to ask his friend to walk his beloved pooch Robin because otherwise he wouldn’t be able to have her for Christmas.
He did, however, add: ‘These are very small problems – there are people up and down the country with all sorts of issues and some more serious than mine.’
Council leaders in the West Midlands said anyone coming from the capital or Wales should ‘assume they have the new variant of Covid’ and act accordingly.
Tough: ‘But for someone like me, and I’m not looking for any sympathy, I have to just get on with it,’ he said
They should continue to self-isolate even if they have a negative test, directors of public health said.
The policy, which also covers Christmas Day, is understood to be strong advice, with officials having no powers to enforce it.
But Dr Jeanelle de Gruchy, Director of Public Health in Tameside, East Manchester, said: ‘The new strain of Covid, which is increasingly rapidly in Tier Four areas, is extremely worrying.
‘You are far more likely to catch it than the original strain.
‘We are so concerned about the potential grave impact of this that we have taken the difficult decision to ask anyone who has travelled here for Christmas from any Tier Four area or Wales to act as if they have this new variant, even if they have no symptoms, and self-isolate for at least 10 days.’
Best of buds: The TV personality shared his sadness how he can’t even take his dog Robin for walk during the 10-day period