Melanie Sykes has seemingly flouted strict COVID-19 rules by flying to Italy to see her toyboy lover and not quarantining on her return to London.
Melanie, 50, was snapped in Venice visiting gondolier Riccardo Simionato, 23, pictured fawning all over him in very public displays of affection.
She was seen with the Italian on November 21, before flying home to the UK and parading around London on November 24.
What pandemic? Melanie Sykes has seemingly flouted strict COVID-19 rules by flying to Italy to see her toyboy lover and not quarantining on her return to London
Melanie shared photos of herself at The May Fair Hotel, inside on a bed, and strutting around on the street.
The presenter claimed to be filming at the posh venue, crediting her make-up artist and clothing brand Reiss for her look.
She later posted some evening snaps of her views across Venice from the week before, captioning these: ‘Hello everyone, been busy all day but just wanted to say good evening and share some beautiful pics of Venice from a week ago.
‘These shots were taken on the roof of the T Fondaco Dei Tedeschi!’
PDA-OMG! Melanie, 50, was snapped in Venice visiting gondolier Riccardo Simionato, 23, pictured fawning all over him in very public displays of affection
Brazen! She was seen with the Italian on November 21, before flying home to the UK and parading around London on November 24
One shrewd follower replied to her in the comments, asking: ‘If you were there a week ago, how come you’re not self isolating?’
According to the government’s protocols, this is against the rules – and Melanie is eligible for a £1000 fine.
It is understood she was filming for ITN at the hotel. MailOnline has approached her rep – as well as ITN and the May Fair – for comment.
With England in its last week of a second lockdown, only essential travel is permitted, and citizens are being told to stay at home.
Four days apart: Melanie kissed her lover in Italy and then shared photos of herself at The May Fair Hotel, strutting around on the street, just a few days later
Those that must travel = including British nationals – then have to self-isolate for a strict 14-day period.
Exceptions are only made for those traveling from the Common Travel Area – Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man – or countries in travel corridors with the UK.
Italy was removed from travel corridor list on October 18 – and this status remains.
Those in quarantine are not permitted to use taxis or public transport, go to work or use public areas, host visitors at their homes [unless for essential support] or go out to buy supplies unless crucial.
In a comment provided to The Sun, Tory MP Andrew Bridgen said: ‘It’s a blatant disregard of the rules and a complete lack of respect for other people’s wellbeing.’
With COVID-19 expert Dr Bharat Pankhania adding: ‘Northern Italy has been hit severely and that’s why we have these rules.’
According to the Department For Transport, the only travelers who are exempt from restrictions are those who must travel for work once a week and hold a season ticket. It is presumed that Melanie does not.
COVID-19: Self-isolation rules when travelling to the UK
When you arrive in the UK, you must travel directly to the place you are staying and not leave until 14 days have passed since you were last in a non-exempt country, territory or island. This is known as ‘self-isolating’.
The 14-day period starts is counted from the day after you leave a non-exempt country, or territory or island. A non-exempt country, or territory or island is any country, or territory or island that is not on the travel corridors list.
This is because it can take up to 14 days for coronavirus symptoms to appear. If you’re travelling to the UK for less than 14 days, you will be expected to self-isolate for the length of your stay, but you can travel directly to your place of departure.
You may not have to self-isolate for 14 days if you arrive from a country, territory or island on the travel corridors list. You should check the list before you travel.
You will need to self-isolate if you have visited or made a transit stop in a country, territory or island that is not on the travel corridors list within the 14 days before you arrive in the UK. The period of time you will need to self-isolate will depend on when you visited or made a transit stop in a non-exempt country, territory or island.
Before you travel to the UK from anywhere outside the Common Travel Area, you must provide your journey, contact details and the address where you will self-isolate. You will be able to complete the public health passenger locator form 48 hours before you arrive. You may be required to present these details on your arrival in England.
You may be refused permission to enter the UK (if you are not a British citizen), or fined if you do not to provide your contact details or do not self-isolate when required to do so.
In England, if you do not self-isolate, you can receive a fixed penalty notice of £1,000 for a first offence, increasing to £2,000 for any second offence. Further repeat offences will attract penalties of £4,000 and then £10,000 for each repeat offence.
If you do not provide an accurate passenger locator form – or do not update your passenger locator form in the limited circumstances permitted where you need to move from the accommodation where you’re self-isolating to another place to continue self-isolating – you can be fined up to £3,200.
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