Exeter woman who failed to self-isolate is fined by court for breaching Covid rules

A 47-year-old Exeter woman has been fined £1,000 by magistrates after she admitted failing to self-isolate following a trip to Spain.

Clare Willmoth, of Walsingham Road, near Middlemoor, pleaded guilty to breaching Covid-19 rules in August 2020 after returning from Europe and repeatedly leaving her home.

Exeter Magistrates Court was told Willmoth pleaded guilty to ‘arriving in England from a non-exempt country and failing to self-isolate’.

She was fined in what was thought to be a landmark case, and one of the first of its kind.

The court heard the offence took place between August 3 and August 11, 2020 at Exeter.

Having travelled from Spain, Willmoth breached the Covid-19 rules on international travel by repeatedly leaving her home address, the court was told.

Willmoth was fined £1,000 by magistrates and ordered to pay £185 in costs.

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