Carrie Johnson caught breaking Covid rules at West End club

It comes after Boris Johnson admitted to attending a lockdown-breaking party, but insisted it was ‘a work event’ (Picture: PA/Facebook)

Carrie Johnson has admitted to breaking Covid rules by hugging a friend at a 2020 engagement party.

The PM’s wife said she regretted a ‘momentary lapse in judgement’ after a photo emerged showing her with chef Anna Pinder on September 17, 2020.

The pair were seen giggling together while celebrating Ms Pinder’s upcoming marriage outside at The Conduit, a private members’ club in London’s West End.

In a picture obtained by The Telegraph, Mrs Johnson appeared to have her arm around Ms Pinder, while one of her legs was over her friend’s knee.

Days earlier, her then-fiancé had warned ‘you should keep your distance from anyone you don’t live with’ as the nation faced a second wave of infections.

Coronavirus guidance at the time stated people should stay two metres apart from those in other households and banned people from meeting in groups of more than six.

Millions had painstakingly followed the rules, with one NHS worker revealing how she couldn’t even hug family members at her great aunt’s funeral.

A spokesman for Mrs Johnson said: ‘Mrs Johnson was one of a group of six seated outside celebrating a friend’s engagement. 

‘Mrs Johnson regrets the momentary lapse in judgement in briefly hugging her friend for a photograph.’


Carrie Johnson was seen hugging Anna Pinder in a separate picture obtained by The Telegraph (Picture: Facebook)

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Her then-fiancé had warned ‘you should keep your distance from anyone you don’t live with’ days before (Picture: PA)

It comes as Mr Johnson faces calls to resign with Sue Gray, a top civil servant, investigating a number of apparent lockdown-breaking parties at Number 10.

Downing Street was left humiliated on Friday after apologising to the Queen for two parties held the night before she sat alone at Prince Philip’s funeral.

Mr Johnson’s spokesman said ‘it is deeply regrettable that this took place at a time of national mourning’.

Mrs Johnson was pictured alongside her husband and 17 staff with wine and cheese in the No.10 garden as the nation faced lockdown restrictions on May 25, 2020.

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Number 10 insisted the gathering was a work meeting, but the PM was accused by Labour of having ‘no regard for the rules he puts in place for the rest of us’.

Mrs Johnson is also said to have attended a party of 40 on May 20, 2020 – with her husband apologising in the Commons on Wednesday.

At Prime Minister’s Questions, Mr Johnson insisted he thought the boozy bash was ‘a work event’.

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