Boris Johnson and his then-girlfriend Carrie Symonds were spotted dining at Darby’s restaurant in central London in October last year when London was under Tier 2 restrictions, including a 10pm curfew for pubs and restaurants
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Boris Johnson has been accused of breaking three lockdown rules on a dinner date with his wife.
The Prime Minister and Carrie Johnson were spotted at Darby’s restaurant in central London on October 21 last year, breaching a 10pm curfew, it is claimed.
The capital was under Tier 2 coronavirus restrictions at the time, forcing all pubs, bars and restaurants to close by 10pm.
Mr Johnson also allegedly broke a ban on household mixing at tables and the rule requiring diners to wear masks while moving around the restaurant.
A source told The Sun that staff at Darby’s were keen to stick to London’s 10pm curfew and sent the Prime Minister’s table the bill by around 9.40pm.
However, by 10pm Mr Johnson, his then-girlfriend Carrie Symonds and their security were still seated, the source claimed.
They added: “Some of the staff were approaching the security, saying: ‘We need to clear the house’.
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“The staff were nervous and you could see they were trying to say politely that it was closing time.
“But Boris was deep in conversation and finally left the premises via the emergency exit at 10.25pm.”
No 10 said of the restaurant visit: “It is categorically untrue to suggest the PM did not adhere to curfew rules in place at the time. Any small delay would have been for operational security reasons.”
Mr Johnson sat in a private dining area but allegedly left to ‘circulate’ with people in the main dining room, the source added.
They said he spoke to a couple of diners while standing next to their table.
However, some of the customers were disturbed by the Prime Minister’s alleged behaviour and complained about him not wearing a mask, the source told The Sun.
At one point Carrie’s friends even came over to speak to her and Mr Johnson, infuriating staff who felt it was ‘one rule for them and another rule for us’, it is claimed.
It is understood a member of staff spoke to the Prime Minister about the behaviour, The Sun reports.
Downing Street has been approached for comment.
It comes after the Sunday Mirror revealed how Mr Johnson hosted a Christmas quiz in No10 last year.
The Prime Minister was pictured on screen, sitting underneath a portrait of Margaret Thatcher as he read out questions.
In the image the PM was flanked by two members of his top team, although they were not drinking.
London was then under Tier 2 regulations banning any social mixing between households – which Mr Johnson appeared to have breached by mixing with the aides.
Official guidance also stated: “You must not have a work Christmas lunch or party, where that is a primarily social activity and is not otherwise permitted by the rules in your tier.”
It comes after Mr Johnson’s former spokeswoman Allegra Stratton was caught on camera laughing about a Christmas party in Downing Street last year.
In the leaked clip of a press conference rehearsal on December 22, Stratton is seen prepping responses to questions about a Number 10 Christmas party that is alleged to have taken place on December 18 2020.
She can be seen making light of would-be-questions about a wine and cheese night involving over 40 people.