Tanning salon boss, 27, who kept sunbeds open through lockdown is fined £1,000 for breaching coronavirus rules

A TANNING salon boss who claimed she was offering medical treatment during the lockdown has been fined £1,000 for breaching Covid rules.

Brogan Hayes, 27, continued to serve customers wanting to use the sunbeds at her beauty parlour 'Hotter Than Hell'.

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She repeatedly ignored warnings from the police and local council and remained open throughout the national lockdown.

Brazen Hayes even boasted of how busy she was – telling people: "We’ve taken the phone off the hook due to being at maximum capacity in the shop."

Salons were forced to close due to the government lockdown and were among the last allowed to reopen on July 4.

Police advised Hayes to close the salon, but she told officers she had a "medical exemption" for providing clinical facilities.

She said she was providing "narrow beam UVB therapy" to sufferers of skin conditions. 

But when police asked if the salon was registered with the British Medical Association and she was medically qualified, Hayes could not provide evidence. 

She pleaded guilty to breaching Covid laws at Bradford Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Sentencing her magistrate Reverend George Williams said: "Despite several warnings, Brogan Hayes continued to open her business in contravention of the regulations. 

"The offences were committed at the height of the lockdown, and her actions were deliberate and wilful."

Hayes, of Bradford, West Yorks., was hit with a fine of £1,075. 

Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council's Executive Member for Healthy People and Places, said: "Our priority has to be to protect the public's health at this time of rising infection." 

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