Reports: Johnson attended garden party during Corona

LONDON (dpa-AFX) – According to media reports, the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson took part in a celebration in the spring of last year despite strict corona contact restrictions. About 20 employees stood together on May 15, 2020 after a press conference with alcoholic beverages and pizza in the garden of Johnson’s official residence on Downing Street, the newspapers “Guardian” and “Independent” reported online on Thursday. Johnson stayed for about a quarter of an hour. He said the teams deserved a drink because of their work in the pandemic.

The then Minister of Health Matt Hancock had previously called on the population to stay at home if possible, to stick to the rules and not to take any risks. Johnson’s spokesman said employees had regularly used the garden for meetings. On that day, after a press conference, the prime minister had “a few meetings in the garden, including with the then health minister and his team”. Johnson returned to his residence shortly after 7 p.m.

The conservative head of government is already under pressure because of alleged violations of the corona rules that he himself has imposed. In particular, there are reports of several Christmas parties on Downing Street last December. Johnson is said to have participated in one as a quiz master. At that time there were even stricter contact restrictions than in May./bvi/DP/zb

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