G7 leaders’ beach barbecue was ‘Covid-secure’, says No 10

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Boris Johnson, 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 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.

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No 10 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 Prime Minister’s official spokesman said.

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“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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