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Boris Johnson ‘broke Covid rules by failing to wear a mask’ as he watched theatre performance of Macbeth after week of Tory drama

  • Boris Johnson was apparently spotted maskless watching Macbeth at theatre
  • The PM has been accused of breaching Covid rules at the Almeida in London
  • Mr Johnson’s press secretary insisted that he follows coronavirus rules 


Boris Johnson has been accused of breaking Covid rules by failing to wear a mask as he watched Macbeth.

The PM was apparently spotted at the Almeida theatre without a face covering during a performance last night.

Another witness saw him maskless in a public area of the north London venue, according to the Guardian.

But No10 insisted that the premier – who was seemingly taking a break after another week of intense Tory drama – ‘follows all Covid rules’.

On its website the theatre urges patrons to wear a face covering during their visit unless eating or drinking.

Boris Johnson (pictured at PMQs today) was apparently spotted at the Almeida theatre without a face covering during a performance last night

Boris Johnson (pictured at PMQs today) was apparently spotted at the Almeida theatre without a face covering during a performance last night

The Almeida theatre is currently hosting a sold-out staging of the Tragedy of Macbeth (pictured, stars James McArdle and Saoirse Ronan)

The Almeida theatre is currently hosting a sold-out staging of the Tragedy of Macbeth (pictured, stars James McArdle and Saoirse Ronan)

Mask wearing regulations in England were dropped by the Government in the summer but some transport networks are continuing to enforce their use as a condition of carriage, and some venues and shops still recommend they are worn.

Asked by reporters why Mr Johnson was ‘not wearing a mask’ during the performance, his press secretary said: ‘The PM follows all Covid rules.’

She repeated the answer when asked why the theatre’s request for patrons to have a face mask on was allegedly not complied with.

In a statement on the Almeida’s website, it states: ‘We ask all our visitors to continue to wear a face covering while in the theatre, unless exempt or when eating or drinking.

‘You may be reminded of this on entry to the building, however this will not be enforced.’

The Guardian said a witness had seen Mr Johnson put his mask ‘back on at the end as the lights went up’ at the end of the Shakespearean tragedy.

It is not the first time this month that the Prime Minister has been accused of failing to comply with mask wearing regulations.

He was previously criticised for not wearing a mask while sitting next to 95-year-old broadcaster and environmental campaigner Sir David Attenborough at the Cop26 summit in Glasgow and while greeting hospital staff during a visit to the North East.

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