In an outcry of public anger, thousands of people have shared pictures of what they were doing on May 20, 2020.
photo of 4 police officers on patrol breaking up gatherings of more than 2 people on 20th May 2020 in Deptford, taken from my front doorstep at the time. the same evening, 5 miles away, Downing St had a BYOB garden party for up to 100 people. pic.twitter.com/UCbL8s6HFO
— Aisha Malik-Smith (@avocadamn) January 10, 2022
The rest of the country was banned from meeting more than one other person outdoors.
On May 20 in 2020, the UK basked in glorious sunshine and parts of the country hit 28 degrees.
The photographs being posted online show lonesome walks, socially distanced park meet-ups and empty offices.
Others have shared tales of their own personal isolation and the heartbreak of being separated from loved ones.
Among the sea of pictures, one person shared a photograph of police officers patrolling a park in south-east London on the day of the alleged rule-breaking.
They wrote: “Photo of 4 police officers on patrol breaking up gatherings of more than 2 people on 20th May 2020 in Deptford, taken from my front doorstep at the time. the same evening, 5 miles away, Downing St had a BYOB garden party for up to 100 people.”
Another user shared a picture of a house with a poster in the window which reminded people to Clap for Carers and support NHS frontline workers.
20th May 2020. It was indeed 'lovely weather'. pic.twitter.com/zeV4iCgcQs
— TenInchWheels // Beershots 💙 (@teninchwheels) January 11, 2022
The weekly round of applause took place every Thursday at 8pm for ten weeks during the first national lockdown in 2020, in recognition of frontline workers who had kept the country going during the pandemic.
Meanwhile, a mother has shared a picture of her 16-year-old son enjoying his birthday by taking a walk.
20th May, 2020. Then 16 year old had just celebrated lockdown birthday, seeing none of his friends. Highlight of the day, a dog walk with his mum. pic.twitter.com/ody3AI1lLl
— KathLeila (@kathleilag) January 11, 2022
She wrote: “20th May, 2020. Then 16 year old had just celebrated lockdown birthday, seeing none of his friends. Highlight of the day, a dog walk with his mum.”
In another photograph from that day, former Channel 4 anchor Jon Snow could be seen standing on his roof as he prepared to present the primetime news show from his home using drones to film.
This is the great @jonsnowC4 on that day 20th May 2020; we filmed him with a drone when he was presenting alone from his house as he did for the majority of the pandemic. It was a lovely day but we remained somewhat socially distanced pic.twitter.com/wNolnDMsoa
— Ben de Pear (@bendepear) January 11, 2022
Another showed the London skyline as the capital enjoyed the balmy weather.
The caption read: “I took this picture on the 20th of May 2020. Gorgeous sunset that I watched from my balcony by myself.”
I took this picture on the 20th of May 2020. Gorgeous sunset that I watched from my balcony by myself. I felt so lonely at the time. Anyway, we’ll see if the government survives this. Many people won’t forget. pic.twitter.com/Eja4JiqDFx
— Marta Malagon Manas (@MalagonManas) January 11, 2022
The bombshell email leak rocked the UK when it was released on Monday.
ITV News alleged Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie were among 40 people in attendance at the ‘bring your own booze’ event.
The leaked email was sent by the Prime Minister’s Principal Private Secretary Martin Reynolds to more than a hundred employees in Number 10, including the Prime Minister’s advisors, speechwriters and door staff.
Senior civil servant Sue Gray is leading an ongoing inquiry into numerous allegations of Covid rule-breaking in Downing Street and across other government departments.