Actress Tamzin Outhwaite faced a furious backlash after looking to hire two builders to work on her garden during the coronavirus lockdown.
The 49-year-old EastEnders actress admitted on Twitter that she was "confused" before asking whether it was possible to still hire the manual workers.
"I’m confused. Can I find 1 or 2 workmen to level and tile an area of the garden in these times?" she wrote on social media.
Although she quickly admitted the work was "not essential", it didn't stop followers sharing their thoughts.
Some fans couldn't believe what Tamzin was asking, with one follower writing: "Seriously?!!!!"
An NHS worker wrote: "Considering you could not believe people were still going out a few days ago, I cannot believe you are expecting people to come out to fix some paving slabs for you !! Practice what you preach."
Tamzin asked on social media whether she could hire labourers to work in her garden
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Tamzin then went on to defend herself, telling the follower to "keep calm" and explaining it was simply a question.
She tweeted: "It was a genuine question… to give someone, probably one person a job in the garden, being 10 metres from anyone.
"Not done it… just asked a question, keep calm."
A third follower asked: "Is this that important at this time?"
The actress attempted to explain that she had only asked a question
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Another NHS worker was also slammed the actress for her "irresponsible" post.
"Are you for real? … how irresponsible and self indulgent #StayHomeSaveLives#WashYourHands
"Rather than worry about your garden – if you are well and have time on your hands #VolunteersAgainstCovid19 From an NHS worker."
Despite being criticised by some fans, others attempted to provide enlightenment on what appears to be an uncertain topic.
Tamzin also recently raised concern over the amount of people still going outdoors
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"If it’s a sole trader yes you can. Just communicate by phone/through window and don’t make him any brews hahaha xx."
Following the tense Twitter thread, hours later Tamzin declared it "sounds sensible" when a fan explained their self-employed gardener continues to work but won't accept food and only enters through a side gate.
Days before asking about building work, Tamzin had in fact expressed shock at people that were not self-isolating.
"I can’t believe how many of you are still going out!" she wrote on social media.
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There has been much debate across the United Kingdom following the government's strict instructions to stay indoors and self-isolate during the coronavirus pandemic.
It was implied that construction workers can still go to work but must practice social distancing.
The suggestion has faced vocal criticism across the country.
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