Boris Johnson's dad Stanley 'sorry' for shopping without mask in embarrassing gaffe as PM says flouters 'will be fined'

BORIS Johnson's dad Stanley is "sorry" for not wearing a mask while shopping as the PM vowed to fine flouters.

The 80-year-old was caught red-handed at a newsagents in West London on Tuesday, images in The Daily Mirror show.

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Mr Johnson was asked what his message was to those who flout the mask rules during tonight's press conference.

He told the nation to comply, adding: "Bear in mind that the fines are now very considerable and they will be imposed."

Mr Johnson announced last week that fines for those who do not wear a mask will be doubled to £200.

Stanley, who was snapped flouting his son's tougher measures, told The Daily Mirror when approach that he was "maybe not 100% up to speed" on the rules.

He said he had just returned from being abroad for three weeks and that the rules "may have changed" during that time.

Stanley added: "I’m extremely sorry for the slip up and I would urge absolutely everybody to do everything they can to make sure they do follow the rules about masks and social distancing.

"The fact this was my first day back in the UK after three weeks abroad is, I am sure, no excuse for not knowing the rules."

In a major address in the House of Commons, the PM warned yesterday that the UK have reached a "perilous turning point" and the time to act is now.

Mr Johnson continued: "There is nothing more frustrating for the vast majority, the law-abiding majority that do comply than the sight of a few brazenly defying the rules. 

"So these rules will be enforced by tighter penalties.  

"The penalty for failing to wear a mask or breaking the rule of six will now double to £200 for a first offence."

He added: "We will extend the requirement to wear face masks for all people who work in retail, taxis and all private hire vehicles, and staff and customers in indoor hospitality.

"Except where seated to eat or drink."

It is not the first time the PM's father has found himself in hot water.

Stanley flew into Athens airport on July 1 after taking a flight to Bulgaria to get to his holiday villa.

Ex-MEP Johnson posted pictures on social media of his journey but claimed he didn’t do it out of “defiance”.

Speaking yesterday, he said: “I came here to have a quiet time, to organise the house.

“I think I’m going to go back on July 10.

"So, I have just got one week to get everything organised.

"Got a whole lot of instructions about how to make the place Covid proof.”

The PM’s dad revealed the Greek government had only banned direct flights from the UK – and not journeys with a stopover.



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