Ben Shephard: GMB host apologises after failing to wear mask at petrol station ‘So sorry’

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Good Morning Britain host Ben Shephard, 45, admitted he had forgotten to wear his face covering inside a petrol station as he and co-star Charlotte Hawkins discussed the backlash Jeremy Corbyn received for not wearing his mask over his nose. It is currently a rule to wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in certain indoor places, as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

Ben said he had forgotten to wear his mask while paying for petrol and swiftly apologised to staff at the station.

Speaking alongside his co-host on the show today, he said of Jeremy’s mask wearing: “Now we all know that’s not how it’s supposed to be worn.

“But, I was at a petrol station yesterday.

“I filled my car up, I was miles away, and when I walked into the petrol station I suddenly realised I didn’t have my mask on as I got to the desk,” he explained.

“I was so apologetic, I said, ‘I’m so sorry I’ve completely forgotten’.

“I pulled my jumper over my face and the person behind the screen and said, ‘Don’t worry you can’t go running out without paying, that looks suspicious’.”

Ben added the petrol station staff were “very understanding”.

On August 10, wearing a face covering in certain indoor settings became mandatory.

Indoor settings include; shops, petrol stations and supermarkets.

The Government introduced the face covering rule as coronavirus cases continue to soar across the UK.

Meanwhile, Ben stepped in to present the show today after Alex Beresford, 40, pulled out due to falling ill.

The latter wrote on Twitter on Wednesday: “Due to having a cold and feeling unwell I won’t be hosting @gmb tomorrow or Friday.

“In normal circumstances I’d power through, however with things getting worse we don’t need anymore germs flying around the studio.

“Sorry to cut short your half term break @benshephard.”

In response to his post, Ben replied: “I’m currently having to strim my dodgy half term facial hair in preparation!

“Hope you’re feeling better soon.”

Others flocked to his post to send their well wishes.

One user wrote: “Stay safe Alex! Hope you get better soon & back on our screens soon!

“Thanks Ben for stepping in – we look forward to seeing you tomorrow x.”

A second commented: “Get well soon Alex and look forward to seeing you earlier than expected Ben! Wise decision Alex xx.”

Good Morning Britain continues Monday at 6am on ITV.

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