Women hit with £1,000 fine for refusing to self-isolate after Spain holiday

Women hit with £1,000 fine for refusing to self-isolate after Spain holiday

 

Two women who refused to self-isolate after coming back from a trip in Spain have been hit with a £1,000 fine.

The pair, from Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, reportedly continued their normal day-to-day life after returning from their long-weekend holiday, ignoring quarantine rules.

Under current measures put in place to curb the spread of Covid-19, anyone coming back from Spain has to self isolate for 14 days.

But police said the women did not self-isolate and for this reason they were hit with a £1,000 fine each, the Manchester Evening News reports.

Police said one of the holidaymakers attended a ‘non-urgent’ hospital appointment when she returned home and the other went to work, lying to her employer about returning from abroad.

Officer PS Jackson of GMP Tameside North and East warned people not to travel abroad if they are not prepared to quarantine on their return.

A post on the force’s Facebook page reads: “Another two £1000 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.”

It comes as tougher lockdown measures came into force in the North East of England earlier this week.

The restrictions, introduced after a spike in positive coronavirus cases, ban different households from mixing in any indoor setting.

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

All boroughs in Greater Manchester remain in the red alert zone for infection rates.

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

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

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