An email proves a party in full quarantine in Downing Street

London

An email leaked to the British press reveals an invitation to an outdoor cocktail party for more than 100 employees of the official UK government residence while the country was in lockdown on May 20, 2020.

The message was revealed by the television network ITV News and provides the first evidence of a celebration when the rest of the country was prohibited from meeting with more than one person in the open air.

The employees were allegedly invited to bring their own drink to the garden at 10 Downing Street.

According to the evidence, the email was sent by Martin Reynolds, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s chief private secretary.

“Join us from 6 pm and bring your own drink!” Said the message sent by Reynolds, who invited to enjoy the good weather and have a few drinks while maintaining social distancing.

According to the British broadcaster, around 40 staff members gathered in the garden that evening, eating and drinking alongside the prime minister and his wife Carrie Johnson.

The email revealed yesterday follows a series of accusations about the meetings held by government personnel during the most serious moments of the pandemic, while the United Kingdom was the worst hit country and with the most deaths from coronavirus in Europe.

Before the publication of that message, images had come to light of Johnson sitting in the garden with his wife and Reynolds at a table of cheeses and wines.

The government insisted that it was a work meeting, but the email makes it clear that it was a social gathering, which is much more difficult to explain, the broadcaster said. And he alluded that less than an hour before the meeting, the then Secretary of Culture, Oliver Dowden, had reminded the rest of the population in England at the daily press conference that no more than two people could meet in the open air.

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