G7 Leaders' Summit 2021: Brides Furious Over Boris Johnson's 'Beach Party' In Cornwall
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Thousands of couples were left fuming this weekend, after pictures emerged of Boris Johnson's 'G7 beach party'.
The reception, which took place in Cornwall on Saturday, has been described as 'a slap in the face' to the wedding industry, who are patiently waiting to find out if weddings will be able to go ahead unrestricted from 21st June.
In photos taken at the event, world leaders can be seen stood together and without masks as they drank pints on the sunny Cornwall beach.
In one uncomfortable photograph, they can be seen huddled together watching the Red Arrows' spectacular display.
In comparison, at present, 30 guests are permitted to attend weddings. Masks must be worn unless sitting down to eat and dancing is banned, except for the couple's first dance.
One person wrote on Twitter: "Don't see how @BorisJohnson can deny unrestricted weddings after this weekends evidence at sporting events, beaches, G7, garden parties, etc - the list is endless."
"Do the right thing tomorrow & allow weddings to have parity with other events. If you don't, shame on you for prioritising football matches and a Cornwall beach bbq over the most important day in people's lives," said another.
A third tweeted: "Enough is enough!! G7 has been successful, you've shown off our lovely Cornwall @BorisJohnson but the drinks reception, the beach BBQ, gathering to watch the red arrows and all the other events are a smack in the face to the wedding industry and anxious couples #whataboutweddings."
"I hope you enjoyed your champagne on the beach at your bbq yesterday @BorisJohnson - fancy coming to my wedding in 2 weeks time so I can call it a "government event" and have no restrictions?!"
In response to the event, a Downing Street spokesperson said: "The event last night was done in an entirely Covid-secure way and within the existing rules... We are Covid-secure at the summit, including testing at events held outside.
"This was an informal gathering for the G7 leaders and rightly it was held in private, but you can see it was a relaxed atmosphere, and it gave the leaders a chance to discuss outside of a formal setting."
Meanwhile Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said: "It's outside, it's very well ventilated on the beach... Both in terms of the checks that have been done - the daily checks for Covid, the precautions, the slimlined delegations - we've taken every measure possible to make sure this is not just Covid secure but that it could take place.
"I think that we've gone well beyond and above in making sure this was COVID secure."
Couples - and the industry - are anxiously waiting to find out whether weddings will be able to go ahead, and under what restrictions, from 21st June.
The prime minister is expected to hold a conference on Monday evening at 6pm.