Cops responded to reports that Euphoria Tanning Hair and Beauty salon in Cwmbran, South Wales, was open on January 16 despite the country being in a national lockdown.
CCTV footage captured the moment eight people fled the beauty parlour when police arrived.
One woman still had a towel covering her shoulders and treatment still on her roots as she ran away.
Cops found the tanning beds had recently been used and beauty treatments had been taking place.
Officers said they got a tip that the salon was open and saw people going through the front door.
There was no answer when officers tried to get inside as the customers escaped through the fire exit.
The owner has been fined £1,000 for the breach of coronavirus regulations.
It was the second time that the beauty salon had broken the rules.
Inspector Aled George, of Gwent Police, said: “This was a blatant breach of Covid-19 regulations. Businesses who flout the regulations are behaving irresponsibly and putting the lives of their customers, staff and the wider community at risk.
As this incident shows, we – together with our partners from Torfaen Council – will take action to keep the public safe. We will continue to take enforcement action against businesses and the public who breach Covid regulations.
“We understand this is a really difficult time for our communities, the majority of businesses and residents, are doing the right thing by adhering to Welsh Government regulations and we would like to thank them for their support. Coronavirus levels remain high across much of Gwent, and by following Welsh Government regulations we’re all saving lives and protecting the NHS.”
Torfaen councillor Mandy Owen said that the business and customers were aware that they broke lockdown rules as they “put themselves, others, and the NHS at risk”.
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