A man who did not self-isolate properly after travelling from Romania has been given a hefty fine.

Lincan Dan Ionut travelled from Romania to England last year and under coronavirus rules was required to self-isolate at his address in Fairfield Avenue in South Oxhey.

This is because Romania is outside the common travel area and people coming to England from such countries have to self-isolate under the Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel) (England) Regulations 2020.

But Ionut, 39, had been outside his address on September 22 - when he was still required to self-isolate - without reasonable excuse, St Albans Magistrates’ Court heard.

He pleaded guilty to the charge on April 15.

Ionut was fined £586 and has been ordered to pay £730 including costs.

Since January 18 all travel corridors have been suspended, meaning that anyone arriving in England must quarantine for 10 days and take two coronavirus tests.

Government guidelines currently state that a 10-day self-isolation period is necessary for people travelling from another country as it can take for up to 10 days for coronavirus symptoms to appear.

Anyone who breaks quarantine rules can face a fine of up to £10,000.

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