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Boris Johnson apologises for ‘misspeaking’ about new coronavirus rules

Boris Johnson has apologised for muddling up his own coronavirus rules on social gatherings.

The prime minister was questioned about the latest COVID-19 restrictions coming into force for northeast England from midnight on Wednesday.

At first, he said people could meet indoors and outdoors in groups of six in areas where no additional coronavirus restrictions are in place.

Image: The PM confused rules on gatherings

But speaking during a news conference in Exeter, he claimed: "In the North East and other areas where extra tight measures have been brought in, you should follow the guidance of local authorities.

"It's six in a home or six in hospitality but as I understand it, not six outside."

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That was at odds with what residents had been told in Northumberland, Newcastle, North and South Tyneside, Gateshead, Sunderland and County Durham.

Official guidelines warn people living there "not to mix with people outside their household or bubble in indoor settings, including pubs and restaurants".

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And hospitality workers are obliged to "take steps to ensure that people do not socialise outside of their households inside and outside your premises".

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17: A couple walk along Newcastle quayside on September 17, 2020 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Almost two million people in north-east England will be banned from mixing with other households and pubs will close early as coronavirus cases rise. Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced the temporary restrictions will be in place from midnight due to concerning rates of infection. The measures affect seven council areas, Newcastle, Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Gateshead, County Durham and Sunderland. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
Image: New rules come into force for the North East on Wednesday

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