Three key workers from Swansea ended up in court after failing to self-isolate when they arrived in the Isle of Man.
Peter Ian James, 61, of Spencer Terrace, Robert Lloyd Ferguson, 55, of Graig Newyn, and David Wynn Lewis, 51, of Spencer Terrace, visited the island on Monday, September 28, to work for Ellan Vannin Fuels, one as a health and safety person, and two as fitters.
But when they arrived on the Ben-my-Chree ferry, they failed to travel straight to the Empress Hotel in Douglas as they were required to do so.
The men had been given permission to carry out work at a fuel depot in Peel from September 28 to October 1.
They stopped at a shop on Central Promenade to buy alcohol, wearing masks, and were reported to police by members of the public.
They appeared before Isle of Man Magistrates’ Court yesterday, where they were each given a 15-day prison sentence, suspended for a year, and fined £500 and ordered to pay £125 costs.
They had been charged with failing to comply with directions imposed under the emergency powers (potentially infectious persons) regulations 2020.
The Government in Isle of Man announced the closure of the island’s borders and ports to new arrivals starting on March 27, with the exception of freight and key workers.
Key workers are only allowed to travel between work and their accommodation.
Chief minister Howard Quayle said the primary objective of the measures was the “preservation of life” amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Inspector Gavin Callow, of the Isle of Man Constabulary told WalesOnline: “The Isle of Man has government regulations designed to keep the Isle of Man safe and these are rigorously enforced.
“There is a quite robust policy on the island that when you get here you have to isolate.
“There was a report made by a member of the public concerning this incident.”
It is understood the trio were allowed to remain on the island after their court appearance.
Ellan Vannin Fuels has been contacted for comment.