PUBLISHED: 15:07, Thu, Sep 3, 2020 | UPDATED: 17:33, Thu, Sep 3, 2020
A man in Fermanagh, Northern Ireland has been fined £1,000 for flouting the UK’s quarantine measures on his return from Spain. The individual was allegedly issued the penalty after he was spotted socialising over the weekend. The man later tested positive for Covid-19 after travelling back from the Balearic Islands.
People returning from countries that are not on Northern Ireland's green list for safe travel, such as Spain, are required to quarantine for two weeks.
PSNI Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd confirmed the £1,000 fine was issued on Tuesday.
Todd said: “The management of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020, is a matter for UK Border Force and their associated partners.
"The police role is to respond to reports from the UK Border Force or any of their associated partners of potential breaches but police will also act on any significant concerns raised by members of the public.
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Quarantine warning: Traveller fined £1000 after returning to UK from Spain holiday - this is why (Image: GETTY)
Quarantine news: The man later tested positive for Covid-19 after travelling back from the Balearics (Image: GETTY (stock image))
"As always, our approach remains to engage, explain and encourage, and only where necessary enforce.
"Everyone needs to continue to follow the Government's guidance to help suppress the transmission of the virus and support our NHS.
"It is encouraging to see that to date there has been a high level of compliance since the introduction of the mandatory quarantine on travellers coming into Northern Ireland from restricted countries and I hope that continues."What are the quarantine rules?
On March 17, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) decided to impose measures against non-essential travel due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The stringent blanket rules were lifted on June 8, leading to the government deciding that Britons could travel abroad but had to isolate for 14 days when they returned to the UK and fill out a