Proprietary street staff held regular ‘Wine Hour Fridays’ throughout the pandemic Boris Johnson was aware of, according to reports.
The so-called regular events were said to have been so popular that staff even bought a £142 fridge to keep their drinks cold, reports the Mirror.
Sources told the newspaper that attendees took turns bringing a suitcase to a Tesco Underground in Westminster to stock up on drinks for the 34-bottle capacity fridge.
The newspaper published what it said was a photo of the beverage fridge delivered in December 2020.
At the time, Covid rules prohibited two or more people from different households from meeting indoors unless ‘reasonably necessary’ for work.
Downing Street acted after the Prime Minister’s former communications director James Slack apologized for the ‘anger and hurt’ caused by his departure to Downing Street the day before the Duke’s funeral.
A Downing Street spokesman said earlier on Friday: ‘It is deeply regrettable that this has happened at a time of national mourning.
“No10 has apologized to the Palace.”
Mr Johnson was already facing calls to quit after he apologized for attending a party in Downing Street in May 2020. He said he was on the occasion for 25 minutes and believed it was for business purposes.
Ms Josephs’ departure event is believed to have brought together ‘dozens’ at 70 Whitehall.
London was then subject to Tier Three measures, which prevented Londoners from socializing indoors with people outside their household or support bubble.
Posting a statement on Twitter, Ms Josephs said: “I’m so sorry for doing this and for the anger people will feel as a result.”
Senior civil servant Sue Gray is currently leading an investigation into allegations of numerous lockdown breach events in government during the pandemic.