“Absolutely disgraceful,” said a bar landlord who was fined when people jumped up to celebrate a goal.
A coronavirus breach at the Minsthorpe Hotel in South Elmsall, near Pontefract, cost Raymond Wellings £1,000 in October 2020.
Customers leaped up from their tables after Leeds United scored against Manchester City, while council authorities and police officers checked for coronavirus laws.
Customers should have been seated in groups of six or less, according to Mr Wellings.
Three days later, he got a £1,000 fixed penalty notice. He paid the fee within 14 days, reducing it to £500, and his customers chipped in with £300.
“I expected other individuals to break the law, not the Prime Minister and his cronies,” he said.
“We were attempting to follow the regulations and they were having a party randomly. Everyone who went to these parties should resign since they broke the law.
“I could've lost my home if I'd sued [the government]. We were closed and no money was coming in, so I couldn't risk losing additional money.”
“It's one rule for the rich and another one for the poor,” Mr Wellings said of the No 10 party charges. It's absurd. Then they have cheese and wine and claim it's fine. It's all a farce, really.
“Sick of the Government.”
Boris Johnson's Principal Private Secretary Martin Reynolds allegedly invited over 100 workers to "socially distanced beverages in the No 10 garden" on May 20, 2020, to enjoy the "beautiful weather" after a "extremely busy period." Come armed with your own liquor!
More than 40 persons were said to have attended, including the Prime Minister and his wife.
These are the latest charges of Downing Street parties violating coronavirus laws.