Strictly Come Dancing has responded after viewers moaned about social distancing still in place on the show.

Fans of the BBC One dance show complained after they clocked hosts Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly standing apart on Saturday night's launch show.

One fan of the show grumbled on Twitter: "The social distancing between Claudia and Tess is OLD. And out of date."

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"Claudia and Tess should stop with the social distance stuff, so 2020," said another.

Viewers moaned about the distancing

And another pointed out: "You can fill out a football stadium now. Come on!"

A Strictly spokesperson has since confirmed that the presenters will continue to adhere to social distancing, however.

"Strictly Come Dancing has, and will, continue to follow strict government guidelines to ensure the safety of all on the show," they said.

Tess and Claudia on the launch show

People have questioned why shows including BBC's political debate programme Question Time still have social distancing in place after coronavirus restrictions have eased.

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"I just don’t get why BBC and ITV are still doing all this stupid social distancing. It makes the programmes especially live programmes look depressing and boring," said one.

"Why are the #BBC adhering to social distancing still when the advice is to get on with things?" asked another.

One Question Time viewer asked: "Why have you got screens between all of the panelists? Also the audience do not need to be 2 metres apart as social distancing is no longer law. It’s time to go back to normal BBC."

Another asked: "WTF are @bbcquestiontime using segregation between the guests and social distancing in the audience. There are no restrictions."

And another complained: "Still social distancing are we. Come on BBC get with the rules. It looks ridiculous."

Despite social distancing measures being lifted in July Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged people to exercise 'common sense.'

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