Lorraine Kelly ‘anxious’ as lockdown begins to ease: ‘Part of me is a little bit worried’

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Lorraine Kelly, 60, is just as excited as everyone else to get back to some form of normality on 12 April, when hairdressers, non-essential retailers and outdoor pubs re-open in England. But despite the mounting anticipation for summer 2021, the legendary telly star admitted she’s still quite nervous about some aspects of going back to her normal routine.

Bare in mind it’s OK to feel a little bit anxious about it

Lorraine Kelly

Speaking about her feelings towards the upcoming restriction changes, Lorraine smiled as she dreamt of being able to meet her friends again.

“I’m really looking forward to be able to see a few of my friends outside,”she beamed.

“Seeing them for a walk, maybe take our dogs for a walk or just meet up for a coffee!

“All these little things that mean such a lot.”

But while better days are coming, the 60-year-old admitted getting back on public transport worried her a little.

“There’s part of me that’s a little bit worried about getting on public transport or being in a big gathering,” she winced.

“We’re all going to have to sort of relearn our social skills, which seems strange but it’s true!”

She acknowledged that she won’t be the only one feeling this way, and reassured people who are anxious after being separated from what we knew to be normal life for a little over a year, that it’s OK to experience those types of feelings.

“It’s going to be great,” she encouraged.

“But just bare in mind, it’s OK to feel a little bit anxious about it, that’s perfectly normal.”

She signed off her cheery video for Hello! Magazine on Twitter with: “Cheers to better days!”

It comes after the ITV presenter urged people to be “sensible” after seeing large crowds of people heading to parks, beaches, and beauty spots to make the most of the unseasonably warm weather earlier this week.

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Monday and Tuesday saw temperatures reach 24 degrees Celsius (75.2F) in London and other parts of the country, marking the hottest March day in over 50 years.

As of 29 March, people in England are now allowed to meet in groups of six people or two families outdoors, so it comes as no surprise to see them heading out to enjoy the sunshine.

However, while chatting to Good Morning Britain’s Dr Hilary on Thursday morning, she made it very clear people should be adhering to the rules.

Hilary warned that visiting crowded areas could lead to infection rates rising again and setting us back on our road to recovery, and Lorraine agreed whole-heartedly.

The Dr admitted he felt a sense of “despair” after seeing people ignoring the restrictions in place to keep the R rate low and to keep people safe, to which the presenter replied: “Oh don’t!

“I could have cried.”

She turned her attention to viewers watching at home and pleaded: “People, be sensible please, listen to doctor Hilary!”

Lorraine airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.

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