Staggering £9,000 fine for workers who breached quarantine to go to pub

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The two men pleaded guilty at Guernsey’s Magistrates Court to failing to remain in isolation. Georgie Phillips, 28 and Mark Paul Dillon, 31, received hefty fines for visiting the pub. The men had moved to the island to work in the Yacht Inn.

Their employment conditions were that they needed to abide by coronavirus lockdown rules and quarantine for 14 days.

However six days into their quarantine the pair were spotted in the Harbour Lights pub.

Since breaking the quarantine the two men have had their job offers retracted.

Mr Phillips was fined £3,000 or 150 days in prison.

Mr Dillon was fined £6,000 or 300 days for two breaches of the quarantine.

Both men claim they are unable to pay as they are “penniless and homeless”.

Mr Dillon received a greater fine as he breached the quarantine twice.

On the first day of his isolation he was seen at the shop and the owner told him to quickly leave and return to his accommodation.


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The men were then seen at the Harbour Lights pub on July 16 where they were escorted back to their accommodation by the manager.

Judge Perry said the coronavirus lockdown regulations were serious and the breaches must be “treated the same” as other cases.

He added: “The rules are there to save islanders’ lives and must not be treated as an inconvenience.

“We don’t need people coming from outside the islands and stopping everyone’s hard work.”

The judge rejected a request by the advocate for the two men to reduce their sentences so they could find work.

The advocate had pleaded for a reduced sentence because the men were “penniless and homeless”.

So far £24,000 in fines have been issued by the courts in Guernsey for breaches of quarantine rules.

Both men say they have now nowhere to live on the island.

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