WATCH: Piers Morgan slams Lewis Capaldi and Stereophonics gigs amid coronavirus

16 March 2020, 22:23 | Updated: 17 March 2020, 12:16

The Good Morning Britain presenter lashed out at events and gigs still taking place in the UK, as the government are yet to impose a ban on mass gatherings. Both artists have now responded.

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Piers Morgan today lashed out at artists who are still continuing to play large gigs and the organisers of mass gatherings.

The Good Morning Britain presenter singled out Stereophonics and Lewis Capaldi, who both played huge indoor gigs over the weekend in Cardiff and Aberdeen respectively.

Speaking on the morning breakfast show, he declared: "Right now in Britain you can go to any bar, you can go to any gym, you can go to any restaurant".

Referring to Kelly Jones and co, the outspoken presenter continued: "This is really what you should be doing, isn’t it?” He continued: “... When the rest of the world’s shutting down.”

The GMB then played a short clip of the crowds at the Welsh-formed band's Cardiff gig, with fans singing along to their Maybe Tomorrow hit:

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"This is what Britain’s doing,” the broadcaster added in exasperation.

"Lewis Capaldi played in Scotland last night; we had the half marathon yesterday."

Piers Morgan hit out at the government's response, but today has seen Prime Minister Boris Johnson advise the population to begin social distancing.

The government has also told households to isolate for 14 days where more than one person lives at the address and someone is displaying symptoms.

Lewis Capaldi, Piers Morgan and Stereophonics Kelly Jones
Lewis Capaldi, Piers Morgan and Stereophonics Kelly Jones. Picture: 1.Burak Cingi/Redfern. 2. Kirsty O'Connor/PA Archive/PA Images 3.Alberto Pezzali/NurPhoto via Getty Images

As reported by the Independent, a spokesperson for Lewis Capaldi said in a statement: “The final show of Lewis’s UK arena tour in Aberdeen on Sunday 15th March went ahead in full compliance with the advisory document on mass gatherings issued by the Scottish government at 1pm on the same day."

They added: "Security, first aid, medical and welfare teams were paid for by the organisers as normal and the venue had additional signage in place to highlight best practice on hygiene during the event".

Speaking to the NME, Stereophonics management said: "Along with the rest of the country, we watched the prime minister and chief science and medical officer brief the nation on Thursday evening regarding the government’s policy and advice on Coronavirus. The UK government’s position was that at this phase there was no need for a ban on large public gatherings.

"Acting on this guidance, we continued with the last three shows of our UK tour on Friday, Saturday and Sunday as did many other events across the entertainment industry."

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