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Salon Owner Fined For Breaking Covid Rules Plans To Reopen Next Week

Salon Owner Fined For Breaking Covid Rules Plans To Reopen Next Week

A salon owner who was fined for breaking lockdown rules has said she plans to reopen next week.

Sinead Quinn, who runs Quinn Blakey Hairdressing in Bradford, had attempted to use the Magna Carta as her defence when she kept her business open last year.

And despite being issued with numerous notices, mounting up to thousands of pounds in fines, she has now said she plans to breach Covid rules once again and reopen on 30 January.

Currently, all non-essential businesses have been forced to close until at least the middle of February.

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Ms Quinn has shared numerous videos to her Instagram account claiming that masks don't work and that lockdown is just a tool the government is using to control people.

In one of her posts advertising the 'Great Opening', the business owner was adamant that she and many others were taking a stand against the government and getting back to work.

Replying to a follower asking whether she would definitely be reopening, Ms Quinn said: "Yeah we're all opening regardless of lockdown.

Sinead Quinn plans to reopen her salon on 30 January. Credit: Instagram
Sinead Quinn plans to reopen her salon on 30 January. Credit: Instagram
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"They can't control us all when we stand up to them."

In another post, she said: "In February you can bet your life savings that Covid-21 will be here and so will your lockdown.

"I'd like you to sit back and watch it all play out but we're running out of time...

"Stand up for your freedoms. 30th January. Get up and open your businesses, go out and support those businesses.

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In November last year, Ms Quinn was fined numerous times, with penalty notices totaling an eye-watering £27,000 ($36,000).

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At the times, she cited the Magna Carta as a justification to stay open.

The clause she cited, Clause 61, offered 25 barons the right to lawfully rebel if they thought they were being governed unjustly by the king at the time, but it was later omitted from later versions and was never enshrined in English law.

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Several people have attempted to use the defence in court, but none have been successful.

As a result of her continued defiance, Ms Quinn was given a closure notice from Kirklees Council, which means that no one except someone who lives there or owns the premises is allowed inside

Ms Quinn was ordered to close her business after flouting lockdown rules. Credit: SWNS
Ms Quinn was ordered to close her business after flouting lockdown rules. Credit: SWNS

This comes as the UK government yesterday (22 January) announced that a further 40,261 people had contracted the deadly disease, with another 1,401 people having died.

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A top scientist recently claimed that the Covid pandemic could have been avoided if China had warned the world earlier.

The claims were made in the coronavirus documentary, Outbreak: The Virus That Shook the World, which aired on ITV on 19 January.

Infectious diseases specialist Dr Yi-Chun Lo, the Deputy Director-General of Centres for Disease Control in Taiwan, said: "The very early outbreak management was just a mess, a failure.

"I think the pandemic could have been avoided at the beginning if China was transparent about the outbreak and was quick to provide necessary information to the world."

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

Topics: Instagram, covid, lockdown, Coronavirus, Health, Covid-19

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