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Co Fermanagh man fined £1,000 for breaking quarantine rules, tested positive for Covid-19

A traveller wearing a face mask at Gatwick Airport in Sussex. Picture by Victoria Jones/PA Wire

A man in Co Fermanagh has been fined £1,000 for breaching quarantine restrictions on return from a Spanish holiday.

It is understood the penalty was issued after the man went out socialising in Enniskillen at the weekend.

The man, who later tested positive for Covid-19, was supposed to be self-isolating having recently returned from Spain’s Balearic islands.

People returning from countries that are not on Northern Ireland’s green list for safe travel, such as Spain, are required to quarantine for two weeks.

Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd confirmed the PSNI had issued the fine for a breach of travel regulations.

He clarified that the management of the quaratine regulations "is a matter for UK Border Force and their associated partners.” 

He said: “The police’s role is to respond to reports from the UK Border Force or any of their associated partners of potential breaches but the police will also act on any significant concerns raised by members of the public.”

“A £1,000 fine was issued (Tuesday 1 September) for breach of the International Travel Regulations." 

He stressed that the PSNI’s role remained “to engage, explain, encourage and, only where necessary, enforce.”

“Everyone needs to continue to follow the government’s guidance to help suppress the transmission of the virus and support our NHS,” he continued.

“Everyone needs to continue to follow the government’s guidance to help suppress the transmission of the virus and support our NHS. It is encouraging to see that to date there has been a high level of compliance since the introduction of the mandatory quarantine on travellers coming into Northern Ireland from restricted countries and I hope that continues.”

Last month a woman from Northern Ireland was jailed in the Isle of Man for breaking quarantine rules.

Fraser Nolan was given permission to visit the Isle of Man to take care of her late mother's estate. 

She admitted taking a bus to visit a locksmith in Douglas on 18 August after arriving from Northern Ireland.

Under Covid-19 rules, non-residents allowed to travel to the island must quarantine for 14 days.

The 60-year-old, of Osborne Drive in Belfast, was jailed for four weeks.

She was reported to police via an anonymous tip-off, the Douglas Courthouse heard.

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