Two fitness bloggers have boasted on Instagram about ‘testing their luck’ and getting seats on the ‘last flight to Dubai’ despite Priti Patel slamming influencers for ‘showing off’ their sunsoaked holidays.
Mark Ross and Jessica Riffat from Manchester flew out to Dubai on Thursday – just hours before all direct flights between the UK and the UAE were banned because of the South African variant of Covid appearing in the emirate.
One angry client of 30-year-old Ms Riffat – who blogs as ‘Jessica Layla’ – said she had cancelled her £125 subscription to her eight-week ‘lean’ programme in disgust, saying ‘this is clearly a holiday and a breach of the lockdown law’.
Mr Ross, who works for the Barry’s Gym Chain, filmed himself strolling around Dubai Marina with his girlfriend in the sunshine, telling his 17,000 followers: ‘You guys, we got here, and it’s not Salford.
‘I’m going to be teaching at Barry’s which has been a long, long time, and me and Jessica are going to be running our business from this climate.’
Ms Riffat, who has 12,000 followers on Instagram, laughs in the background, adding: ‘We’re going to be grinding away!’
Mr Ross adds: ‘So, great, it’s something I’ve always wanted to try, but it just seemed like the best opportunity to do so.
‘We yeah, we tested our luck and got the last flight out here and we’re going to work and chill and train. Happy Friday, everyone, cheers!’
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