He told Sky News: “When I went out into that garden I thought I was attending a work event.” Mr Johnson has not been seen in public after Downing Street said a family member tested positive for coronavirus.
Despite official guidance no longer requiring vaccinated contacts of coronavirus cases to self-isolate, Mr Johnson pulled out of a visit last Thursday – the day after his apology in the House of Commons during Prime Minister’s Questions.
He said: “I want to begin by repeating my apologies to everybody for the misjudgments that I’ve made, that we may have made in No 10 and beyond, whether in Downing Street or throughout the pandemic.
“Nobody told me that what we were doing was against the rules, that the event in question was something that … was not a work event, and as I said in the House of Commons when I went out into that garden I thought that I was attending a work event.”
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