G7 leaders’ beach barbecue was ‘Covid-secure’, says UK government 

The British government said there were fewer than 30 guests, the event was outside and all participants in the summit have a daily testing regime.
G7 leaders’ beach barbecue was ‘Covid-secure’, says UK government 

The Red Arrows fly over St Ives Head, during the G7 summit in Cornwall Picture: Aaron Chown/PA

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, US President Joe Biden and other world leaders behaved in a Covid-secure way at a beach barbecue and RAF Red Arrows flypast on Saturday night, Downing Street said.

The event came with the UK Prime Minister widely expected to use a Downing Street press conference on Monday to announce a delay in the next stage of England’s route out of coronavirus lockdown.

The British government said there were fewer than 30 guests, the event was outside and all participants in the summit have a daily testing regime.

“The event last night was done in an entirely Covid-secure way within the existing rules,” the UK Prime Minister’s official spokesman said.

“This was an informal gathering of the G7 leaders and rightly it is held in private … but you can see it was a relaxed atmosphere and gave the leaders a chance to discuss outside of a formal setting.”

The dinner was cooked by Simon Stallard, from the Hidden Hut in Portscatho, and included beef, lobster and other local fish.

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