England’s chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, has urged people to avoid physical contact with grandparents or other elderly relatives. He made the comments during this after Coronavirus briefing.
He said: “Would I encourage someone to hug and kiss their elderly relatives? No I would not.
“It’s not against the law – and that’s the whole point – you can do it within the rules that are there, but it does not make sense because you could be carrying the virus.
“And, if you’ve got an elderly relative, that would not be the thing you would want to do in a period where we’re running up to a point where, actually, we might be able to protect older people.”