Workers fined £9,000 for heading to pub during 14-day quarantine period after moving to Guernsey for jobs

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TWO workers from England have been fined £9,000 for heading to the pub during a 14-day quarantine period after moving to Guernsey to start their new jobs.

Georgie Phillips, 28 and Mark Paul Dillon, 31, pleaded guilty to failing to isolate for two weeks at Guernsey’s Magistrates Court.

Both men had experienced long periods of unemployment in England and had moved to Guernsey on 10 July to work at the Yacht Inn.

However, this was on condition they self isolate for 14 days – but they were both seen in the Harbour Lights pub just six days into their quarantine.

The pair have since had their job offers withdrawn.

Phillips was fined £3,000 or 150 days in prison for one breach and Dillon £6,000 or 300 days for two breaches.

They claimed to be unable to pay as they are “penniless and homeless.”

Dillon was seen at a shop on the very first day of his isolation – and was told to return to his accommodation by the owner.

Both men were later seen at the Harbour Lights pub on 16 July by their prospective manager, who escorted them home.

Dillon was then spotted by the manager twice, outside a bar and while hiding from her at a bus stop, the court was told.

Judge Perry said the Covid-19 regulations had inconvenienced many others and their breaches must be “treated the same” as previous cases.

He added: “The rules are there to save islanders’ lives and must not be treated as an inconvenience.

“We don’t need people coming from outside the islands and stopping everyone’s hard work.”

The men’s advocate, David Thompson, had asked for an adjustment in their sentence to find work to pay off their fine, arguing “they are penniless and homeless”.

The judge rejected this request.

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