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A defiant hair salon owner who racked up £17,000 in fines for opening during lockdown last year says she plans to do it again by reopening next week.
Sinead Quinn repeatedly quoted the Magna Carta in her efforts to justify operating her salon, Quinn Blakey Hairdressing, during the lockdown in November.
Ms Quinn, from Bradford, was hit with several fixed penalty notices by Kirklees Council for defying the rules.
Earlier this month Yorkshire Live reported that none of her penalties had been paid – meaning she could face an unlimited fine in court.
Now Ms Quinn has indicated that she might be about to break the Covid-19 lockdown rules again – on Saturday, January 30.
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At present hair salons and barbers are not allowed to open, along with other non-essential shops, to curb the spread of Covid-19.
A post on the salon’s Instagram account includes the heading – #TheGreatOpening – 30 January 2021.
Asked by an Instagram user if the salon will be opening on January 30 even with lockdown, she replied: “Yeah we’re all opening regardless of lockdown.
“They can’t control us all when we stand up to them.”
In a separate post two days ago, the salon posted: “In February you can bet your life savings that Covid-21 will be here and so will your lockdown.
“I’d like you to sit back and watch it all play out but we’re running out of time…
“Stand up for your freedoms. 30th January. Get up and open your businesses, go out and support those businesses.
“WE ARE THE POWER, NOT THEM.”
It is not clear who, if anyone, is organising The Great Opening, nor how many businesses will take part.
A number of accounts on Twitter have expressed support for the idea, with pleas to ‘Join the Revolution’.
Last year Ms Quinn repeatedly opened her salon in defiance of the lockdown.
She quoted Magna Carta in her defence but ended up being taken to court by Kirklees Council which resulted in a court order forcing the salon to temporarily close for 36 hours.
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