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Beauty salon owner fined £ 1,000 for staying open during lockdown

The owner of a nail and beauty salon in Wrexham has been fined £ 1,000 after keeping her business open while the country was on lockdown.

Natalie Hewitt, 32, had denied breaking Covid-19 regulations by failing to close her salon, Smooch Nails & Beauty, in January this year when the area was on level four alert, but has been convicted following a trial at Wrexham Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, NorthWalesLive reports.

Prosecutor Richard Edwards told the court that on January 13 David Gregory, an enforcement officer with the Wrexham County Borough Council, was patrolling the city center to check whether businesses were complying with coronavirus regulations .

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When he reached the living room at 22 Chester Street, he saw four women inside, although the shutters were three-quarters closed. Mr Gregory told the court that the group was not socially distanced and that a woman, later identified as Ms Hewitt, appeared to be “painting the nails” of one of them.

After the enforcement officer knocked on the door, Ms. Hewitt responded but refused to open. Mr. Gregory then called the police, but the accused also refused to open the door to the two CPSOs present and kept it “securely closed”.

In a statement read by the prosecutor, PCSO Lance Montagu of the North Wales Police said he told Hewitt she should not be operating a business under the regulations and asked where had gone the other women, who had disappeared at this point.

He added that the defendant was “obstructing”, shaking her head and saying something through the glass door which was inaudible to traffic noise.

Defending herself in court, Hewitt insisted she was alone in the living room during “cleaning and decorating,” which would have been allowed under foreclosure rules, and said her business was closed. .

She also claimed that the enforcement officer was “aggressive” towards her and that she refused to open the door because she was alone.

However, magistrates have found Hewitt, of Delamere Avenue, Buckley, guilty of failing to close a business not authorized to open in an alert level four area of ​​Wales.

Bench chair Celia Jenkins said there was “clear evidence” that the accused was asked to open his living room door but refused, telling him: “We can find no justification for you refused to open the door. We find you guilty of continuing a business that violated Covid-19 regulations at the time. “

Hewitt was fined £ 1,000 and ordered by magistrates to pay £ 1,000 for prosecution costs. while she also has to pay a victim fine surcharge of £ 100.

It comes as the boss of an independent cinema who refused to apply the Covid Pass program for his customers was told she had to close his business and pay fees of more than £ 5,000.

Cinema & Co has been ordered to close by Swansea Council and Welsh government officials after owner Anna Redfern said the venue would not enforce the Covid Pass program and ‘take a stand’ against the new measures – which apply to cinemas, theaters and concert halls – calling them “discriminatory and illegal”.

The Castle Street Cinema received a closing order from the Swansea Council urging the owners to close for a maximum of 28 days, but the venue defiantly reopened the next day.

At Swansea Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, Redfern was ordered to pay Swansea’s council fees of £ 5,265, while she was also warned that a contempt of court request remained a possibility if she continued to keep his business open.

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