A HAIRDRESSER who racked up £17,000 in coronavirus fines by staying open during the second national lockdown has vowed to reopen next week.
Sinead Quinn went viral after quoting the Magna Carta when cops insisted she closed her business last month.
Sinead Quinn has vowed to reopen her salon on January 30 despite the national lockdownCredit: Guzelian
The hairdresser has vowed that her salon Quinn Blakey Hairdressing in Oakenshaw, West Yorks will reopen on January 30 – despite the national lockdown.
The salon owner racked up £17,000 worth of fixed penalty notices and received a court order that banned her from opening until after midnight on December 2 – the end of the previous national lockdown.
Kirklees council confirmed none of the fixed penalties had been paid and a prosecution process is underway, Mail Online reports.
An Instagram post from the salon said: “We’re all opening regardless of lockdown. They can’t control us all when we stand up to them.”
Ms Quinn went viral last month when she laughed at the court order and claimed the closure notice was “unlawful”.
She urged other businesses to break future lockdown rules and added: “They (Kirklees) have gone today to get a closure notice granted by court, and they have been successful.
Sinead has branded the event ‘The Great Opening’ on InstagramCredit: instagram/quinnblakeyhairdressing
The hairdresser urged businesses to ‘wake up’ as she opened up her salon, defying government ordersCredit: Guzelian
“One month I have been open, from the 5th of November. I did not close that door – I locked it, but I didn’t close the door.
“I had clients, I still earned my wages.. it’s never going to stop if we don’t do something.
“We need more businesses to wake up and think, ‘yeah, I’m not standing for it.”
Sinead was initially given a fine of £4,000 for opening the salon at the end of November but the cost rocketed to £17,000 after officials visited.
The salon had previously been given fines of £1,000 and £2,000 for defying government orders to close from November 5 in the face of rising Covid-19 cases.
She bizarrely referenced the Magna Carta, a royal charter of rights from 1215, to defend her rebellion.
During earlier visits she told authorities she did not “consent” to coronavirus closure laws, and was hit with on the spot fines for breaching the regulations.
A Kirklees council spokesperson said: “With the time given to pay the fines now passed, we have started a prosecution process and are putting our case together.
“The process can take some time and could lead to a trial. Punishment could be an unlimited fine, decided by the court.
“In the meantime, if further breaches occur, the same appropriate action will follow as would be the case for any business.”
The salon is located in Oakenshaw, near Bradford west YorksCredit: Guzelian
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