March 29, 2020
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Gardai shut down Waterford city tanning salon that claimed Covid-19 ‘is a big lie’

Gardai have shut down a tanning salon in Waterford city that suggested the use of sunbeds could help to kill the coronavirus.

Miami Tanning on O’Connell Street had kept its doors open despite the Government’s annoucement this week that all non-essential businesses should cease trading immediately to combat the spread of Covid-19.

Gardaí visited the premises yesterday and ordered the salon operators to close after receiving several complaints from members of the public.

Under new emergency powers pushed through the Dáil last week the Government has the power to close any business it deems to be non-essential during the current health crisis.

In one Facebook post, the salon claimed the Government measures were linked to the installation of “5G road lamps”.

They also claimed there were reasons to believe Covid-19 is “one big lie on a global scale”, adding: “Many are back to work so are we.”

In another post they wrote: “If you are afraid of recent virus outbreak. We inform There are many ways to kill the viruses incl. UVC light and enhance your immune system like Vitamin D created on the skin surface thanks to sunlight.”

After they were shut down, the operators posted the following message on Facebook: ““Well salon was visited by Garda and were ordered to shutdown. Thank you everyone for your support and don’t let your freedom rights suspended by anything, government or social pressure.”

A number of people made comments on the salon’s Facebook page this week to dispute their claims regarding Covid-19.

One said: “This place should be shut down for good. They are advising people that tanning beds can cure Covid-19. They are a danger to the public. Would advise against going here and find a place that actually cares for your health.”

Another person described the salon as “a public health risk”.

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