Did G7 Member State Leaders Violate the COVID Regulations?

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On June 13, 2021, Facebook user Nino Asatiani shared a photo on her account taken during the G7 Summit, featuring U.K Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Queen Elizabeth II, President of European Commission Ursula Von Der Leyen, and other officials. The author focuses on people in masks standing far from political leaders, considering it discrimination against them, and notes that similar to Hitler, the aforesaid individuals consider themselves racially superior to others.


Disseminated information is manipulation because COVID regulations were extended to G7 Summit and participants were allowed only on the basis of negative PCR test, daily rapid tests were also mandatory. Member state leaders and EU representatives wore masks indoors, while mask-wearing wasn’t mandatory outdoors.

Photo taken outdoors disseminated by Nino Asatiani is authentic, however, the photo description is manipulative since G7 members complied with the rules. The following COVID regulations were in force at the G7 summit held in person (Cornwall – Great Britain) for the first time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • A negative PCR test result was required for access to any area of the summit;
  • Participants of the summit (delegation members, journalists, administrative staff) had to take rapid tests daily;
  • Wearing a mask was mandatory indoors;
  • A social distance of two meters had to be maintained;
  • Hands had to be washed regularly;
  • Masks weren’t mandatory for the “family photo”, which was taken outdoors (in the courtyard);
  • Per COVID rules in the UK, a gathering of about 30 people was allowed outdoors;
  • It was mandatory to take COVID tests (PCR–) even after the summit;

“G7” 3-day summit, held at the hotel Carbis Bay, was hosted by the U.K Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The summit meetings were held following the COVID guidelines of the U.K Ministry of Health. It’s worth mentioning that G7 member state representatives and EU leaders have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. In the photo below, we see that G7 summit leaders follow the regulations and wear masks indoors.


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Violation: Manipulation
Country: Great Britain
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