THIS Morning fans were left horrified today as travel expert Simon Calder returned to their screens – just two days after "encouraging viewers to break lockdown rules".
The 64-year-old travel pro was branded a "danger to public health" on Monday as he promoted loopholes surrounding the new 14-day quarantine Brits face after travelling to Spain.
Simon was even cut off by an angry Ruth Langsford who warned fans to stick to government guidelines instead – with fans at home adamant that Simon wouldn't be invited back to the studio in a hurry.
However, he returned for a segment this morning, offering advice to Brits on whether or not they should still travel abroad during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Viewers were outraged to see him back on their screen, and flocked to social media to slam the daytime show for giving him a platform after Monday's outburst.
One wrote: "I see he is back to give people bad advice, @thismorning . Harmful broadcasting is your forte then I guess."
Another raged: "Shut up already, Simon! Your credibility is permanently destroyed after what you said on Monday! F***ing quarantine dodger! #thismorning".
A third complained: "Are you joking me! @thismorning why is this man on again! So p***ed off!"
It's fair to say that Simon was much more reserved during today's appearance, and Ruth did not have reason to intervene as he offered fans generic advice and guidance surrounding their travel plans.
It was announced over the weekend that as of Sunday 26 July anybody returning to the UK from mainland Spain or its surrounding islands must self-isolate for two weeks at home to avoid spreading coronavirus.
On Monday's episode of This Morning, Ruth and her husband Eamonn Holmes asked Simon to explain the new rules to viewers – but were stunned when he repeatedly promoted ways that people could flout them instead.
He even suggested that tourists return to their home, pack a bag, and go straight to France for another holiday – without quarantining in between.
Simon told a guest who is currently in Barcelona: "The only way to reduce two weeks of quarantine you have to serve when returning here [the UK] is to, believe it or not, leave the country again.
"To go to France, to Italy, or to anywhere else you like."
When pushed further by Ruth, who asked if she was "being stupid" by not understanding the advice, Simon said that "it may sound mad," but he "didn't make the rules."
He said: "They can, if they want to, leave their homes, catch the train to the airport and get on a flight to somewhere else."
Eventually, Ruth interrupted to warn viewers to stick with the Government's quarantine.
"It's a grey area, and as a programme we have to go with the government advice, which is if you're coming back to Spain you have to quarantine for 14 days," she said.
Viewers hit out at Simon for his advice – while Ruth told him: "It's up to people to have a look at that and make their own minds up."
Many fans took to social media to slam the expert as "irresponsible" and "disgraceful", with one seething: "Hey, @thismorning don’t invite Simon Calder back, he’s a danger to public health and encourages people to spread coronavirus across Europe.
"A deeply irresponsible man and shill for the travel industry with no morals."
Others praised Ruth for her stern advice, tweeting: "Nice one Ruth. The guy is reckless and needs to be off the air. Terrible advice on loop-holing."
The Government removed Spain from the safe list of countries on Saturday, and said anyone returning would have to stay home for a fortnight or risk a £1,000 fine.
Holidaymakers will be told to give an address to officials at the border – and face a £1,000 fine if they break it to go to work or to get food shopping.
Brits have been advised against all but essential travel to mainland Spain thanks to a spike in infections.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab admitted that more countries could be removed from the travel safe list at short notice – risking quarantine on their return.
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