Salon owner facing £27k fine for ignoring lockdown ‘will still stay open’

A salon owner has been branded "selfish and irresponsible" and fined £27,000 by her council after repeatedly refusing to shut during lockdown.

Sinead Quinn from West Yorkshire was issued her second £10,000 fine on Tuesday for continuing to trade despite being warned several times to close.

Kirklees Council officers visited Quinn Blakey Hairdressers in Oakenshaw near Bradford and found that the business was open and trading, YorkshireLive reports.

A council spokesman said it was "in the process of exploring alternative action" in relation to the salon, adding: "The business was open and trading again so they have been issued with a further £10,000 fine which means the total is now £27,000.

"We completely understand how tough it has been, and continues to be, for local businesses throughout the COVID-19 pandemic."

He went on: "We will do all we can to support them through what has been a devastating period, but it is absolutely crucial for people’s safety that we all follow the latest COVID-19 rules and guidance."

The salon has opened several times in contravention of the lockdown rules.

Earlier this month a sign was placed in the salon door window which cited Magna Carta, a royal charter of rights from the year 1215, as justification for remaining open.

The sign says the shop is "under the jurisdiction of common law".

Ms Quinn has previously stated that she does not "consent" to the fines and told YorkshireLive that she wasn't breaking the law.

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She has posted several videos on Instagram of her arguing with council officials who have made several visits to her salon in recent weeks.

A council spokesman said: "Kirklees currently has the fifth-highest rates in the country, with 135 people admitted to hospital last week and 25 sadly losing their lives to a COVID-19 related death.

"The law set by the Government is there so we can bring infection rates down, ease pressure on our health services and save lives.

"But it only works if we all stick to it and realise that no one is above the law. Frankly, the actions taken by this business are selfish and irresponsible.

"We will not hesitate to take action on anyone who breaches the rules that are in place to keep us all safe. Repeated breaches of COVID-19 regulations result in ever-increasing fines up to £10,000 and eventually prosecution.

"Thankfully, most are following the COVID-19 guidance and we’d like to thank people across the whole of Kirklees for playing their part and keeping themselves and others safe."

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