LOCKDOWN-defying hairdresser Sinead Quinn has slammed the rules pubs and restaurants currently have to abide by as "ridiculous". 

In a story posted on social media platform Instagram this morning, the hairdresser, who runs Quinn Blakey Hairdressing in Oakenshaw, asked: "Are any pubs/restaurants going to let people inside in this horrific weather?

"Have you had enough of the ridiculous 'rules'??"

At the moment, the hospitality sector is only able to open outdoors, but this is due to change with the next easing of lockdown restrictions on May 17. 

Ms Quinn added: "Considering you can go inside to a gym and shopping centre but you have to sit outside to have a meal."

The hairdresser has hit the headlines on a number of occasions for her stance on the Covid-19 lockdown, most recently when she spoke of her refusal to wear face masks or PPE.

And later this year, she is due to appear in court. 

In January, Kirklees Council said it had started a prosecution case against Ms Quinn after she failed to pay the Fixed Penalty Notices issued to her.

They were given after she opened the salon when she was not allowed to do so under Covid-19 rules.

The Council has now confirmed the case is listed for August 13 at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court.

They said the potential consequence, if guilty, is an unlimited fine.

Earlier this week, Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said England remained on course to complete the road map out of lockdown and then manage coronavirus in a similar way to flu with an annual vaccination campaign.

He told ITV’s Good Morning Britain the data suggested the May 17 and June 21 dates for the next stages of easing restrictions would be met.

“I’m not seeing any evidence that would lead me to believe that we are not going to meet the 17th of May and – with the caveat that we continue to analyse the data – the 21st of June as well, and we get ourselves away from this pandemic and into a world where we deal with it the way we deal with the flu virus, with an annual vaccination programme from next year onwards,” he said.