Woman fined £6,000 for breaching self-isolation rules after restaurant Instagram post

Woman fined £6,000 for breaching self-isolation rules after restaurant Instagram post

 

A woman has been fined £6K after being caught breaching self-isolation rules by posting a picture of herself eating out – on Instagram.

Carys Ann Ingram, 22, visited restaurants and went shopping when she was supposed to be in quarantine, Jersey’s magistrate’s court heard.

She was seen in Jersey, visiting heritage site First Tower and then at El Tico restaurant in St Ouen’s Bay with the latter breach being uncovered when she posted pictures of herself on social media.

Ingram flew into Jersey on a flight from Manchester on October 12.

Three days after arriving from the city, which at the time was an amber zone, she was caught shopping in St Helier in her first breach.

She should have been in isolation at home until she had received a second negative test, which was due to be taken on day five.

It was later found that someone sitting near her on the flight had tested positive, and so she was contacted and told she must self-isolate and would have to undergo a further test eight days after her arrival.

The authorities made a number of attempts to contact her at her home address but they got no answer.

Ingram, of Salford, who was in Jersey visiting family, was finally reached by phone by the Contact Tracing Team and subsequently arrested.

She pleaded guilty to two counts of breaching self-isolation regulations and was fined a total of £6,600.

The Government is considering reducing the Test and Trace self-isolation period to seven days, a report has claimed.

Currently, contacts of infected people traced by the NHS are ordered to isolate for 14 days to curb the spread of coronavirus.

However officials on Boris Johnson’s taskforce are considering halving the length to one week due to worries about poor compliance, according to The Sunday Telegraph.

The move is reportedly being considered due to Tory dissatisfaction over the effectiveness of the contact-tracing service.

It follows worries over official data suggesting too few people were being contacted by the service.

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