Wine fridge 'smuggled into Downing Street' that No 10 staff kept stocked up after Tesco and Co-op trips

Images are said to show a wine fridge being delivered to Downing Street as the country faces tough Covid restrictions.

The mirror shared two photos of a wine fridge being delivered through the back door of Downing Street on December 11, 2020 – as the majority of the UK followed strict rules on indoor socializing to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

We previously reported how government officials regularly attended Wine Time Fridays and invested in a £142 cooler.

Read more ‘Wine Time Fridays’ held by Downing Street staff during Covid restrictions

Pictures released by the Mirror show the refrigerator in question being carried through the back door by a delivery man.

At the time, rules prohibited two or more people from different households from meeting indoors unless it was “reasonably necessary” for work purposes.

In the weekly reports between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. “Winetime Fridays” were scheduled in the electronic calendars of around 50 No-10 employees The mirror.

They are apparently a long-standing tradition at Downing Street, including under previous governments, to help staff unwind after a busy week at work.

But the event went on – even after restrictions were put in place to stem the Covid surge.

According to The Mirror, the PM is said to have attended a “handful” of the gatherings when indoor socializing was banned under lockdown rules – and believed it was a good way for staff to “let off steam”.

A source told the newspaper: “Boris often stopped by to chat while they had a drink. It was on the way to his apartment and the door was normally open. He knew about it and encouraged it.”

Another added: “He could see everyone sitting there drinking as he walked up to him.

“He came in and said, ‘Hello, everyone’s had a rough week? Let off some steam? Oh cool’.

This week Downing Street apologized for two staff members leaving the house on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral.

A PM spokesman said: “It is deeply unfortunate that this came at a time of national mourning and No 10
has apologized to the palace.

“You heard from the Prime Minister this week, he recognized that No 10 should be held to the highest standards and take responsibility for things that we haven’t done right.”

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