Two women fined £1,000 for failing to self-isolate after Spain weekend break

Two women have been fined £1,000 each for refusing to self-isolate after a long weekend to Spain.

The unnamed holidaymakers were made an example of by local cops, who called them out on Facebook for attending a hospital appointment.

One even lied to their employer about their holiday and continuing to go to work.

Officer PS Jackson of GMP Tameside North and East wrote on the force's Facebook page: "Another two £1,000 fines issued for breaching quarantine regulations after returning from Spain.

"Two females from the Ashton area decided that the rules did not apply to them and after a long weekend away, they refused to quarantine.

"They have continued with their day to day life, attending a hospital appointment (which was not urgent and could easily have been re-arranged) and the other went to work several times and has lied to their employer about returning from abroad.

"Quarantine is inconvenient but if you are not prepared to do it do not go abroad. It’s very simple.

"Officers will be on duty tonight ensuring that the pubs and takeaways are adhering to the Covid rules. PS Jackson."

The post prompted a mixed reaction amongst the page's followers.

Alan James Nadin said: "Well said. Lockdown is a pain in the backside BUT there are so many taking the p**s! No chance of reducing infection rates without reducing exposure. It’s same rules for everyone."

John Kyle was more sceptical, saying: "How many burglaries and van thefts have been committed and not investigated? Fair enough not following quarantine rules but easy targets for pulling money in without applying police resources to investigate."

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Regardless of opinion, the two women were definitely on the wrong side of the law, which has been implemented to stop the spread and grip of covid-19.

Government laws state that: "When you arrive in the UK, you must travel directly to the place you are staying and not leave until 14 days have passed since you were last in a non-exempt country or territory. This is known as ‘self-isolating’.

"The 14-day period starts from the day after you leave a non-exempt country or territory."

Changes in countries' status on the "air corridors" list have seen Brits scramble to get home from holiday just days or even hours after arriving so that they are exempt from staying indoors on their return.

Fines can increase for breaking isolation rules all the way to £3,200.

Official guidelines state: "In England, if you do not self-isolate, you can receive a fixed penalty notice of £1,000. If you do not provide an accurate contact detail declaration – or do not update your contact detail form in the limited circumstances where you need to move from the accommodation where you’re self-isolating to another place to continue self-isolating – you can be fined up to £3,200."

Manchester is currently one of the UK's top coronavirus hotspots.

On Tuesday, September 29, the city recorded 330 cases of Covid-19 – the highest single day figure of coronavirus cases anywhere in England.

The number of new coronavirus cases in the UK has risen by 6,968 on Friday, October 2, bringing the national total to 467,146.

Another 66 deaths were also reported, taking the running total to 42,268.

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