Downing Street parties: embargo rules UK follows as Boris Johnson attends No 10 ‘birthday party’

Indoor social gatherings are prohibited by Covid’s ban at the time of the supposed birthday party

A total of 30 people are said to have attended the gathering and shared the cake, despite indoor socialization prohibited by law at the time.

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Downing Street admitted that staff were “concentrated briefly” inside the Cabinet Room after meeting during the first lockdown to mark Prime Minister‘birthday of.

Mr Johnson’s wife, Carrie, is said to have held a surprise gathering on the afternoon of June 19, 2020, where guests are said to have sung a “happy birthday” chorus and snacked on food. at the M&S party.

The gathering is said to have lasted for about 20 to 30 minutes.

What locking rules have been introduced?

At the time of the alleged party taking place, the rest of the UK was living in rigor Covid-19 lockdown rules, keeping families apart for months.

Many people have been unable to see or visit their loved ones in their final hours, with social distancing rules meaning a phone or video call is the only way to stay in touch.

Listed are all Covid rules that were in place in the UK at the time of the Prime Minister’s supposed birthday.

  • Pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes remain closed to the public
  • Non-essential stores reopened on June 15, but hair salons, gyms, leisure centers, swimming pools, cinemas and indoor theaters are closed.
  • People are allowed to meet in groups of up to six people, but only outdoors. Indoor gatherings remain prohibited until July 4
  • Schools in England have reopened in phases, with Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils allowed to return to classrooms for the first time in three months
  • The ‘social bubble’ scheme was introduced on June 13, allowing single households to meet and stay overnight with another household. However, families in separate households are still not allowed to see each other in their homes until July 4
  • Cultural events and outdoor seating have been banned
Downing Street said Mr Johnson attended the ‘party’ in less than 10 minutes (Image: PA)

It was not until July 4 that most lockdown measures in the UK were relaxed.

From this date, social distancing rules have been relaxed to “one meter plus”, pubs, restaurants and bars are allowed to reopen and two households of any size are allowed to reopen. Anyone can meet in the house and stay overnight.

Hotels, caravan parks, campsites, cinemas, places of worship, libraries, theaters and concert halls, museums and galleries, hair salons, and outdoor gyms, swimming pools and playgrounds are also among the businesses allowed to reopen.

Who is said to have attended the party?

Officials attending the party included Martin Reynolds, the highest-ranking civil servant in the Prime Minister’s office, who sent out invitations to the No 10 ‘BYOB’ garden drink party.

Interior designer Lulu Lytle admitted to attending while carrying out lavish and controversial work at Johnson’s apartment on 11 Downing Street, but insisted she was only present “for a short time” during the event. while waiting to speak with the Prime Minister.

Downing Street did not deny the event took place and said Mr Johnson had only attended “briefly”.

A Downing Street spokesman said: ‘A group of staff from No 10 that day gathered briefly in the Cabinet Room after the meeting to wish the Prime Minister a happy birthday.

“He was there for less than 10 minutes.”

It was also reported that Mr Johnson and his wife entertained family and friends at their upstairs residence the evening to celebrate his 56th birthday, but No 10 has denied the claims.

“This is completely untrue,” Downing Street said. It was in line with the rules at the time that the Prime Minister hosted a small number of family members that evening.”

Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer said the latest revelations were “more evidence that we have a Prime Minister who believes the rules he has put in place do not apply to him”.

He added: “The prime minister is a distraction to the nation and he has to go.”

The charges come as senior civil servant Sue Gray prepares to announce her investigation into a series of claims by parties that violate the No 10 rule.

It is understood Mrs Gray was aware of the birthday party allegations and therefore the appearance is not expected to delay the publication of her investigation, which is still expected to take place. out this week.

Around 17 allegations of rule-breaking events have now been leveled across Downing Street, the broader government and the Tory party.

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