The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) in London tweeted out its guidance for avoiding Covid during the colder months on Thursday.
Its new poster reads: “Meeting friend or family on Bonfire Night?
“Meeting outdoors is safer. If you meet indoors, let fresh air in.”
Covid infection rates do drop when people meet up outdoors as the virus can be blown away, whereas it can be trapped when indoors.
Downing Street has been pushing for people to take more precautions of their own volition over the coming months as the case numbers continue to rise.
Ministers have suggested that if the public are more careful now, there’s a greater chance we could dodge a winter lockdown later.
No.10 has stopped short of making some social distancing measures mandatory by introducing its backup Covid strategy, plan B.
However, this new advice seems to miss a very obvious point – that Bonfire Night is always held outside, otherwise it would be a major fire hazard and pose a significant health risk.
Twitter was, as usual, quick to pick up on this overlooked detail.
Actress and TV personality Denise Welch joked: “Bummer!! I was so looking forward to my kitchen bonfire party!!!!”
— Erik Green (@Erik_Green8) October 28, 2021
Whoever typed that MUST have been laughing. Surely
— Beyourselfthereisnoonebetter🤪 (@JacquelinePasi3) October 28, 2021
Bummer!! I was so looking forward to my kitchen bonfire party!!! 🤬🤬🤬🤬 https://t.co/XZ63aU2zA1
— Denise Welch (@RealDeniseWelch) October 28, 2021
Anyone having a bonfire indoors? 😁 https://t.co/hjWd3rcIQL
— Graham Witcher. (@grahamwitch1) October 28, 2021
Since when did people have bonfires, fireworks and do trick or treating indoors 😂 https://t.co/GpSgqWRcXk
— cheshire cat (@vickydenhome) October 28, 2021
I would have thought having your bonfire celebrations outdoors would be sensible regardless of the whole Covid situation. https://t.co/yd5WCHjfeM
— Sharon O'Dea (@sharonodea) October 28, 2021
Where do we start with this one…. https://t.co/MhdbDi2oht
— globaltraveller (@globaltravails) October 28, 2021
Balls, there goes my kitchen firework display and sink bonfire idea. https://t.co/nglU3esbWe
— Kelly (@kelly_owls) October 28, 2021
yes because i was planning on setting my fireworks off in my kitchen https://t.co/C7PSqCvwJW
— kris (@kristopherj77) October 28, 2021
to be fair it is generally a good idea to hold bonfires outdoors https://t.co/FGKTNVbp23
— Alexander Anderson (@alexanderso38) October 28, 2021
This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.