Government Official Calls on Brits to Report Neighbors Who 'Illegally' Hug Loved Ones
UK govt minister warns of people 'behaving in a slightly odd way' by hugging family member
A top UK Government official has called on the British public to report their neighbors to the police if they see them acting in an "odd way" by "illegally" hugging their loved ones.
During an interview with the BBC, the UK’s minister for tourism and sport, Nigel Huddleston MP, urged Brits to resist "the temptation" of showing affection toward family members.
Huddleston warned of the "risk" involved in such "behavior" before calling on the public to intervene if they witness someone "actually hugging" another person.
“Despite the temptation, please don’t risk the health of your loved ones by actually hugging them,” Huddleston warned.
“If you see someone behaving in an odd way then call them out on it”— BBC Breakfast (@BBCBreakfast) March 29, 2021
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"We all know the rules," the minister lectured.
"If you see somebody behaving in a slightly odd way, then maybe call them out on it in a respectful way, because sometimes some people just forget,” he warned.
Huddleston said it was “a little bit awkward” to refuse close physical contact but “in these circumstances, it’s the right thing to do.”
Twitter users reacted to the minister’s comments with a mixture of disbelief and scorn, according to Summit News.
“Hugging someone is odd?” said one.
"Christ we’ve been taken over by the Borg.
"Can imagine the lunatics taking photos of busy play areas now walking round with megaphones ‘calling people out’ Smiling face with open mouth and tightly-closed eyes."
“Odd behaviour as defined by year – 2019: Someone looking shady, potentially holding or carrying a suspicious package, with likely terror related intentions 2021: someone who hugs a close friend/relative,” said another.
Others were defiant in saying they would hug their loved ones, with one remarking, “I’m seeing my kids next weekend for the first time since the end of December!
"Wild horses wouldn’t stop me hugging them!”
The minister made the remarks on the day that lockdown in England took a further step toward easing.
From Monday, people are being allowed to meet outside in groups of up to six people from a maximum of two different households.