Love Island's Zara Holland faces possible jail time for breaching COVID restrictions in Barbados

Catriona Harvey-Jenner
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Photo credit: Instagram
Photo credit: Instagram

From Cosmopolitan

Former Love Island star Zara Holland is in trouble after allegedly breaking coronavirus laws during a trip to Barbados with her boyfriend, Elliott Love. Elliott tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival to the Caribbean island over the Christmas period, but the pair were arrested when they later tried to leave the country. Zara herself tested negative for the virus.

Zara and Elliott are believed to have flown to Barbados on Sunday 27 December. According to the country's coronavirus rules, visitors must remain in quarantine in their accommodation for the first few days of their visit, only being cleared after taking two mandatory tests.

It's alleged by a Barbados newspaper that the couple removed the red wristbands that indicated they had not been cleared from quarantine, and proceeded to travel to Grantley Adams International Aiport where they attempted to book a flight back to the United Kingdom.

Now, the 25-year-old reality TV star could be fined up to £18,000, as well as facing a year in jail. Reports suggest she will appear in court on the Caribbean island on Wednesday to hear the outcome of her alleged breach. Elliott Love has been placed in a medical quarantine facility where he remains, while Zara has been sent back to her hotel after testing negative for COVID twice, reports the Mail.

Former Miss Great Britain Zara has released a statement in the wake of the incident, in which she apologises to both the government and the people of Barbados, and calls it a "massive mix-up and misunderstanding". The statement, published by the Barbados Today website, reads:

"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."

Zara, who owns a fashion boutique with her mum in Yorkshire, hasn't posted anything in regards to the incident on her Instagram account at the time of writing.

So far throughout the pandemic, Barbados has had just 383 cases of coronavirus, with just seven deaths.

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