Zara Holland handed £4k fine after breaking coronavirus rules in Barbados
- Bang Showbiz
- 6 January 2021
Former 'Love Island' star Zara Holland has been fined £4,417 for breaching coronavirus quarantine rules while on holiday in Barbados, and she has accepted "full responsibility" for her error
Zara Holland has been handed a £4,500 fine after breaching coronavirus quarantine rules while on holiday in Barbados.
The 25-year-old former 'Love Island' star avoided jail but was ordered to pay a £4,417 fine ($12,000 Barbados dollars) after she tried to leave the country while waiting for results of her coronavirus test.
According to Barbados Today, Chief Magistrate Ian Weekes has ordered Zara to pay the fine within seven days otherwise she will be jailed for nine months.
Zara's attorney Andrew Pilgrim QC said her attempt to depart Barbados was "foolish" and that she has received two negative Covid-19 tests – but he explained she has accepted "full responsibility" for her error.
She was stopped at the Grantley Adams International Airport on December 29 after leaving her hotel, with her test results not yet known.
Zara appeared at District D Magistrates' Court in St Thomas today (06.01.20) to hear the verdict.
Her boyfriend Elliott Love – who has reportedly tested positive for Covid-19 – was not with her in court.
Last week, Zara said sorry to Barbados for the "massive mix up and misunderstanding".
She said in a statement: "I firstly want to apologise to the entire country of Barbados for what has been a massive mix up and misunderstanding during my most recent stay.
"I am currently working with the local authorities to rectify any issues on my part and will issue an update and full statement which I think is the only right thing to do to the Government and citizens of Barbados.
"I have been a guest of this lovely island in excess of 20 years and would never do anything to jeopardise an entire nation that I have nothing but love and respect for and which has treated me as a family."
A Barbadian police spokesperson said at the time: "Zara Holland has been released from a medical facility to go to her designated hotel. Elliott Love remains a resident at the medical facility."