A man has been jailed for six weeks after breaking the Isle of Man’s coronavirus quarantine rules by going to McDonald’s with his mates.
Jake Waring, 20, admitted failing to comply with the self-isolation measures at Douglas Courthouse on Sunday. Under the island’s restrictions all travellers arriving on the Isle of Man must quarantine for 14 days.
Waring was granted an exemption certificate to visit as a returning resident because he has relatives there as well as in Birkenhead. He was reminded of the measures by port staff as he stepped off the ferry last Friday and handed paperwork setting out the requirements.
But two days later he headed out to meet up with pals for something to eat. He was reported to police by a member of the public after also visiting a shop.
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It comes just over two weeks after five welders unwittingly fell afoul of the island’s strict coronavirus rules and were jailed when a resident spotted them wearing masks in Tesco while buying some lunch and reported them to police.
A 36-year-old woman who stopped to buy petrol after getting off the ferry was similarly sent to prison last month.
Waring admitted failing to comply with the self-isolation rules at Douglas Courthouse and was handed a six-week sentence.
His defence argued he simply ‘forgot’ the rules, despite them being the same back home in Liverpool.
Jailing him, High Bailiff Jayne Hughes said residents on the island are ‘extremely lucky’ to have the freedoms they currently enjoy, adding that it is largely down to the ‘strict rules’ imposed on visitors.
She told Waring his actions ‘posed a very real risk’ to anyone he may have come into contact with and said his imprisonment would send a ‘clear message’ of deterrence to others.
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