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Fine for failing to isolate after return from Spanish holiday

Residents in Powys are being urged to follow the coronavirus rules for international travel to and from Wales to minimise the risk of it spreading, the county council has said.

Powys County Council has issued the advice after a north Powys resident was prosecuted for failing to isolate after returning to the UK after a holiday in Spain last August.

At the time of the resident’s return from their holiday, Spain was an Amber-listed country and legislation at the time required them to quarantine at home on return for 10 days in line with Section 7 of The Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel) (Wales) Regulations 2020.

The resident, who refused to self-isolate, received a fixed penalty notice from Dyfed Powys Police which they did not pay.

Failure to pay the fixed penalty notice led to the resident being prosecuted as part of collaborative action taken by Powys County Council, Dyfed Powys Police and the Arriving Traveller Team based in Cardiff.

The resident pleaded guilty at Llanelli Law Courts on Friday, February 4 and was fined £1,600 and ordered to pay £90 costs and a £160 surcharge.

Cllr Beverley Baynham, Cabinet Member for Corporate Governance and Regulatory Service, said: “The work of the officers and others, involved in the delivery of the functions, under the Covid regulations is very important for the protection of public health.  Covid has not gone away.

“This case illustrates the importance of thinking of others and isolating as required to protect all members the public.”