Picture taken in Thornaby shows Sunak and group maskless and in close proximity
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been snapped breaching coronavirus restrictions during a visit to the north-east town of Thornaby earlier this month.
The image clearly shows Sunak in a close grouping of four suited men just outside the Pavilion shopping centre, with a masked member of the public also in shot:
A zoomed-in shot makes clear that it is indeed the Tory chancellor:
Coronavirus restrictions currently in place still require a 2m distance to be maintained among people who are not from the same household, even outdoors.
The Treasury did not respond to a request for comment.
Boris Johnson’s decision not to sack Dominic Cummings last year after his adviser’s lockdown-breaching trips to the north-east badly damaged public trust in and compliance with lockdown restrictions, an effect that has been linked to an increase in the UK’s hideous death toll from the virus. The Tories are evidently still treating the rules as something that applies to others and seem not to care about the likely consequences.
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