South Wales Police have fined a salon owner £1,000 for breaching the Covid regulations, and CCTV has captured the moment customers were fleeing as police gained entry.
Euphoria Tanning Hair and Beauty salon was reported as being open despite the Welsh government banning non-essential shops to remain open.
Failing requests by the police to open the doors officer had to break in and found evidence that tanning beds had been recently used, and other treatments had been taking place.
Eight people were caught on CCTV fleeing the salon through a fire exit door, and three other customers were fined.
Police are currently active in trying to find out who the other people as they are also facing fines.
A salon owner in #Cwmbran has been issued with a £1,000 fixed penalty notice for breaching Covid-19 regulations.
We received a report that Euphoria Tanning Hair and Beauty was open on Jan 16.
📹 CCTV captured people running from the fire exit
— Gwent Police (@gwentpolice) January 27, 2021
Torfaen Inspector Aled George said, “This was a blatant breach of Covid-19 regulations. Businesses who flout the regulations are behaving irresponsibly and putting the lives of their customers, staff and the wider community at risk.
“As this incident shows, we together with our partners from Torfaen Council will take action to keep the public safe.
“We will continue to take enforcement action against businesses and the public who breach Covid regulations.
“We understand this is a really difficult time for our communities, the majority of businesses and residents, are doing the right thing by adhering to Welsh Government regulations and we would like to thank them for their support.
“Coronavirus levels remain high across much of Gwent, and by following Welsh Government regulations we’re all saving lives and protecting the NHS.
“We will continue to engage, explain and encourage our communities to work together with us to keep everyone safe. Everyone has a part to play in stopping the spread of this virus.”