The 53-year-old gave an impassioned plea on Good Morning Britain for people to keep to the rules set by the government as the UK enters the second wave of the ongoing pandemic.
“I have huge sympathy with people who are fed up of it,” she said. “I think, if you haven’t been directly touched by it, and you haven’t seen the devastation, but your life has been devastated – your livelihood, your ability to feel a sense of joy – then of course you’re going to get frustrated.”
Garraway added that she wanted to show people who had stopped abiding by the rules what her husband Derek Draper now looks like. The former Labour lobbyist has been in hospital since March and although he has since tested negative for the virus, he has only recovered a low level of consciousness after being placed in an induced coma.
“It does make me tempted to show a picture of Derek in his current state and say, ‘You don’t want this in your life,’” she added.
“You don’t know who it will affect and how, so stick to it.”
The presenter also said the continued mixed messaging a new rules affecting different areas to the country has led to an uncertainty of what the rules are.
“I think there’s huge confusion around it and we’ve been told different messages at different times, but we kind of know that wearing a mask, not mixing with people, social distancing…we know the basics and we just have to do our best.”
Garraway’s speech on Good Morning Britain comes after the Prime Minister’s Stanley Johnson said he was “extremely sorry” to have been pictured not wearing a mask while in a newsagents.
Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has also faced criticism today after being photographed at a dinner party with nine people, breaking the UK’s strict new rule of six.
Good Morning Britain continues weekdays from 6am on ITV