Saturday, 28 Nov 2020

Virus denier fined £3,000 for refusing to shut salon during national lockdown

A salon owner who denies coronavirus exists has been fined £3,000 for refusing to close her business during the second national lockdown. 

Kirklees Council officials fined Sinead Quinn £1,000 earlier this week after she ignored month-long lockdown restrictions and reopened Quinn Blakey Hairdressing in Oakenshaw, near Bradford, West Yorkshire.

A further £2,000 fine was issued on Thursday after she refused to close her business again.

Kirklees Council said keeping the salon open was ‘selfish and irresponsible’ amid the pandemic – but Ms Quinn told police she would not accept the fine as she had not seen ‘proof’ that Covid-19 exists.

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Earlier this week Ms Quinn recorded a video of herself telling a visiting Kirklees Council officer that she ‘doesn’t consent’ to lockdown fines and is ‘standing up for her rights’.

She put a sign on her door citing the Magna Carta, a royal charter of rights, as a defence of her decision to defy Government restrictions. 

On the notice, she asks for proof that coronavirus exists as she claims to have not seen any evidence that it does.

On Thursday a spokesperson for the council  said: ‘We’re visiting today to issue a £2,000 Fixed Penalty Notice. At the same time we’ll check if they are open/trading.’

Later on during the same day the spokesman said: ‘The premises was closed today on inspection but we’ll check again tomorrow.’

‘If trading is still continuing, we will then have to issue a £4,000 Fixed Penalty Notice tomorrow.’

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