LOUNGING in bikinis on a beach is hardly essential work.
Yet influencers have been flooding their social media with pictures in sunshine destinations despite the Government’s orders to stay at home.
Georgia Harrison and Too Hot To Handle’s Chloe Veitch have been soaking up the sun in DubaiCredit: Instagram
Attention-seeking celebs have flocked to Dubai, where until recently the requirement to wear masks and socially distance hadn’t been strictly enforced.
This means they were indulging in the city’s party lifestyle and spending their days sunbathing while the rest of us were shackled by lockdown.
Furious Home Secretary Priti Patel has now cracked down by adding the UAE to the “red list” of countries from where travel to the UK is banned.
She said: “We see influencers showing off about which parts of the world they are in.
Henry Simmons and James Lock seemed to be having fun in DubaiCredit: Instagram
“Going on holiday is not an exemption.”
So just how many days of “work” have these reality and social media types totted up in the past three months?
Thea Jacobs names and shames the worst offenders.
Georgia Harrison has been on two sunshine breaks, totalling 92 daysCredit: Instagram
LUCKY former Love Island contestant Georgia has lapped up not one but two sunshine breaks since November.
The 26-year-old jetted to the Maldives for three weeks then saw in the New Year in Dubai, where she claims she is now living.
In an attempt to justify her first trip, Georgia said: “I flew somewhere safe and beautiful rather than sitting in a flat.
“Who wouldn’t if they could?”
Ellie Brown has been living it up in Dubai with pal Sophie Parvizi
ELLIE, 22, has chosen to live it up in Dubai with fellow Love Islander Georgia Harrison and pal Sophie Parvizi.
She arrived in the UAE in October and has been snapped jet-skiing, lounging around on yachts and dining in the city’s best restaurants.
Ellie returned to the UK in January but has given no explanation for her extensive travels during the pandemic.
Laura Anderson returned to the UK last week after spending 43 days in DubaiCredit: Instagram
THE 31-year-old has also swapped lockdown for Dubai.
The Love Island contestant flew out to the UAE on December 28 after spending Christmas at home with her family.
In response to her critics, Laura said: “This whole thing about everyone hating influencers . . . I’m just like, ‘F***, this is what I do for a job’.”
She returned to the UK last week.
James Lock has been catching the sun in Dubai for 36 days with girlfriend Yazmin OukhellouCredit: Instagram
JAMES, 34, clearly doesn’t think The Only Way Is Essex any more, as he has been catching the sun in Dubai with his reality star girlfriend Yazmin Oukhellou since Christmas Eve.
Yazmin, 26, claimed their exotic adventure, which has included a yacht trip and numerous poolside snaps, is for a business venture.
She added: “Obviously, we’ll make the most of it while we’re here as well.”
Demi Sims has been enjoying the sun in Dubai and Mexico with reality star girlfriend Francesca Farago
TOWIE cast member Demi has so far swapped the UK for Dubai and Mexico.
The 22-year-old shared her first snap in the UAE on December 28 and arrived in Mexico around January 18.
Along for the ride is her Canadian reality star girlfriend Francesca Farago, 27, who has flown her pet pooch out to join them, suggesting the lovebirds are not in a rush to leave paradise any time soon.
Love Island’s Hayley Hughes appears to still be in the UAE after 33 daysCredit: Instagram
ANOTHER trip, another Love Islander.
Series four’s Hayley fled the UK for Dubai in time for New Year’s Eve.
The 22-year-old has been showing off the rewards of her presumably essential travel to the sunshine, with tanned bikini shots taken at the city’s top beach clubs and underwear snaps thrown in for good measure.
It appears she is still in the UAE after 33 days.
Amber Gill flew to Dubai hours before London was thrown into Tier 4Credit: Instagram
FORMER Love Island winner Amber flew to Dubai hours before London was thrown into Tier 4 in December.
The 23-year-old soaked up the sun at beach clubs for 20 days before heading home.
On arriving in the UAE she told fans it had been booked as a work trip, but added: “I was only supposed to be here for four days.
“Now I don’t know where I’m supposed to go.”
Chloe Ferry went on a 21-day ‘business trip’ to Dubai
GEORDIE Shore’s Chloe didn’t let a national lockdown stop her from travelling to Dubai to flash the flesh.
Though it doesn’t appear the 25-year-old did much work on her 21-day “business trip”, as all of her snaps were taken at beach clubs or while partying with pals.
It didn’t look like she made many attempts to social distance, either.
Kady McDermott claimed her three-week trip to the Maldives was for businessCredit: Instagram
KADY swapped stay-at-home orders for sun, sea and sand, claiming her three-week trip to the Maldives was for business.
When a social media follower questioned the legitimacy of the 25-year-old’s claim, she said: “Oh, so because you don’t see it as a business trip it means it isn’t? Oh OK, lol.
“Not everyone’s work is based in an office!”
Kady arrived back in the UK in mid-January.
Molly-Mae Hague and Tommy Fury escaped to Dubai and the Maldives for 15 daysCredit: Instagram
After the couple were criticised for heading abroad, Molly-Mae reminded social media followers that they had left the UK when Cheshire was under Tier 2 restrictions, allowing international travel.
She said: “We didn’t break any rules coming away.”
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