Reality stars and celebs face onslaught of online abuse over legal work trips abroad
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As the pandemic brings the UK to a halt for the third time since March 2020, many are feeling fed up, depleted and resentful amid one of the toughest periods in the country's history.
And as is attested by a quick scroll through social media, many have been left scratching their heads over what the rules actually are – what tier they're in, when lockdown is in effect, whether schools and barbers are open, what constitutes a substantial meal etc.
The list goes on – and includes travel abroad.
All four nations of the UK are currently either in lockdown or under the highest tier of Covid restrictions, the general rule being that travel abroad is only permitted for work reasons.
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There are some other exceptions that come under the umbrella term "legal reasons", but work is the main one.
Before, however, as Brits fretted over what tier their area was in, the rules weren't so clear.
And as such, those who travelled abroad – even for perfectly legitimate, legal reasons for work – were met by cruel online trolling and nasty comments.
Georgia is another of those to head to Dubai
Wes Nelson was targeted by cruel comments
Dubai has been a favourite haunt of British celebs for years, and after it stood firm by its commitment to allow British flights in despite the feared "new variant" of the virus, many made their way there legally.
Chloe Ferry, Love Island's Gale twins and Georgia Steel are all names who headed to the Middle Eastern state before the full lockdown, in complete accordance with the law.
Despite this, they've still been met with cruel comments and digs in the comments below, attacking them for travel during a pandemic.
Molly-Mae and Tommy joined the celeb exodus to Dubai
Ferne's South Africa trip sparked a backlash
Dancing On Ice and Love Island star Wes Nelson, though it's unclear where he is, received similar snide remarks when he shared a snap of himself on top of a sand dune.
Meanwhile influencer Molly-Mae Hague and boxer beau Tommy Fury were branded "selfish" for briefly holding down their masks on sea plane on a trip that actually took place last year.
It was only the two of them as passengers, and they've been snapped obeying mask rules elsewhere.
Vogue was also criticised, despite the trolls not knowing her reasons for travelling to St Bart's
Abbey Clancy and Peter Crouch's Dubai trip was criticsed
(Image: Abbey Clancy/Instagram)
And Ferne McCann's South Africa trip – where she remains – was slammed despite it being for work purposes.
When Vogue Williams was snapped jogging along a beach in St Bart's, criticism was immediately aimed at her despite no one knowing whether she's there with for work purposes.
And in possibly the most shocking case of all, Abbey Clancy wiped snaps of the family's Dubai trip from her Instagram after amid a backlash.
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