‘Understand this’: Project hosts have heated debate about social distancing

Gillian Wolski
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·2-min read

A discussion about social distancing on Tuesday night’s episode of The Project turned heated when hosts Waleed Aly and Carrie Bickmore appeared to disagree on the finer details of the practice.

After playing a video package outlining the do’s and dont’s of the tactic that’s been put in place by the government to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, guest panellist Monty Dimond piped up.

The Project hosts Waleed Aly and Carrie Bickmore discuss social distancing on set
The Project hosts had a heated debate about social distancing. Photo: Channel 10.

“That was so helpful for me,” she said via video link, admitting that she’d wondered if taking her sons on a bike ride was still ok.

“I agree,” jumped in Carrie. “I feel like any grey areas are not helpful right now,” she added.

‘Lead us’: Carrie’s plea

The Gold Logie winner then took aim at the authorities enforcing social distancing for the lack of clarity around the matter, particularly with regards to parents and kids.

“We just need full lists of what we can and can't do. Nobody has navigated this world before and we don't know what we should be doing and we want to be socially responsible,” the mum-of-three pleaded.

“Just be clear, lead us... and we can follow suit but leaving it up to us to guess when this is not something we’ve navigated before is really hard,” she said.

Waleed’s warning

Waleed, also a father of two, appeared to agree with his co-host - to a point.

“You can’t be too careful. If you’re in doubt, just don’t do the thing” he cautioned.

Carrie was quick to respond, arguing that it’s ‘easier said than done’ and that, with a trio of youngsters at home, everyone needs to get out to avoid going ‘crazy’.

“I get that it’s easier said than done. Understand this, and this is just my view, we’re at a difficult time,” Waleed rebutted.

“You are going to have to do difficult things. That’s the situation we’re in and we just have to acknowledge that reality,” he added while a slightly flustered Carrie looked on.

The Project episode aired just hours before Prime Minister Scott Morrison introduced new, stricter ‘stage two’ measures to further lessen the virus’ spread.

To date, the COVID-19 outbreak has infected 370,000 and killed upwards of 16,000 people worldwide, including eight Australians.

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