Michael Gove accused of hypocrisy over football trip to Portugal

Michael Gove was able to avoid self isolation after being "pinged" by NHS Test & Trace, because Downing Street was selected as one of the organisations to join a Government pilot scheme.

In May, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster was contacted by track and trace after he returned from a trip to Portugal to watch the Champions League Final.

However, he was able to avoid isolation because he was one of 40,000 people who were included in a Daily Contact Testing Study.

According to the Mail on Sunday, a Cabinet Office spokesman confirmed that No 10 had signed up to the scheme and as a result Mr Gove was covered under that. 

However many in the hospitality industry questioned why a cabinet minister had been included in the scheme when it did not appear to have been widely advertised to industries that have been decimated by the pandemic.

Adam Brooks, a landlord of two pubs in Essex, told The Telegraph he "scoured" the media all day and had not seen any references to the scheme. 

“For him to then suddenly be included in a ‘pilot scheme’ was the Government just trolling us," said Mr Brooks. 

“I think I speak for most in hospitality, when I say, the Government’s treatment and disregard of our industry has been shocking. Pictures of the G7, Boris in a pub without a mask and countless more incidents have shown that.”

Emma McClarkin, the chief executive officer of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: "The Test and Trace pings are really hurting hospitality. It’s lockdown by another name. One of my members has 30 per cent of their pubs closed and is losing £700k a week.

"In tourist areas where the summer is critical the next 8 weeks will mean the difference between them surviving or failing this winter.

"We need a solution to unlock all, not just some. Forty three percent of our workforce are under the age of 25 and won’t have the opportunity to get double vaccinated in the coming weeks.

"The Government has to urgently come up with a test and release scheme that can unlock our young workforce. The recovery of our sector depends upon it."

The Cabinet Office has been approached for comment.

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