Chloe Sims and Frankie Essex party Tulum as Brits languish in lockdown

What pandemic? Chloe Sims and Frankie Essex party up a storm in Tulum (and Demi Sims’ girlfriend has her DOG flown over to Mexican resort!) as stars continue to flaunt their ‘essential work’ trips while millions of Brits languish in never-ending lockdown

  • Despite travel being banned to and from the UK, influencers have continued to glamorous destinations 
  • A number have been pictured in Mexico in recent weeks, including Dua Lipa, Chloe Sims and Lottie Moss
  • The UAE, home to Dubai, was added to the UK’s travel red-list on Friday, banning arrivals from the country
  • A magnet for influencers, the Dubai ban will leave many looking for a new destination to escape lockdown
  • Mexico could become the new favourite, but has itself been hit hard by COVID-19, with over 150,000 deaths

TOWIE star Chloe Sims shared footage of herself partying up a storm with Frankie Essex on Saturday night, as the pair continued to toil on their sun-kissed ‘essential work’ trip to popular Mexican resort Tulum.

As millions of Brits languish in a never-ending lockdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the pals are among a host of reality stars who have switched their ‘work’ trips from Dubai to Mexico amid a ban on UAE flights.

And fellow TOWIE star Demi Sims and her new reality star girlfriend Francesca Farago could well be spending an extended amount of time ‘labouring’ away in the sunshine, as the Canadian beauty excitedly welcomed the arrival of her dog on Saturday.


The show must go on: Chloe Sims, left, shared footage of herself partying up a storm with Frankie Essex, right, on Saturday night, as the pair continued to enjoy their sun-kissed ‘essential work’ trip to popular Mexican resort Tulum

TOWIE’s Chloe shared footage of herself enjoying the culinary delights at a local outpost of achingly trendy restaurant Bagatelle, where the waiters danced on tabletops and the reality stars rocked out to ABBA songs. 

Catching the eye in a red satin dress, Chloe showed off the cocktail she was about to imbibe, before turning the camera on co-star Frankie who, bedecked in a white ensemble, danced and sang with all her might.

And while they exhausted themselves with the task of posting snaps and videos to Instagram, Demi and Francesca made their ‘working’ environment all the more pleasant with the addition of Francesca’s fluffy white pooch.

‘He’s finally here,’ Francesca wrote as she posted footage of the dog meandering around a glistening swimming pool. This was soon followed by video of the Too Hot To Handle star nuzzling her pooch and calling him ‘cute’.

Pet pooch: And Demi Sims and her new girlfriend Francesca Farago (pictured) could well be spending an extended amount of time ‘labouring’ away in the sunshine, as Canadian beauty excitedly welcomed the arrival of her dog on Saturday

Arrival: ‘He’s finally here,’ Francesca wrote as she posted footage of the dog meandering around a glistening swimming pool

But before you eye influencing as a job you might want to one day vie for, please spare a thought for Demi, who disclosed in one of her clips that she was forced to endure a sunbathing session with little sun present.  

Facing the camera as she relaxed on her stomach, she said: ‘You know what us Brits are like though – even if it’s the tiniest bit warm we’re still laying outside.’

Things only got worse from there as she complained that rain had started to fall in the balmy resort. ‘This is going too far – I’m going in!’ Demi defiantly declared as the clip reached its sudden conclusion.

Should restrictions also see the British government ban incoming flights from Mexico, Demi might be in luck, as Francesca was seen suggesting on her girlfriend’s Instagram Stories that she wants to marry the star.  

Celebrities and influencers have been flocking to Mexico’s bars and beaches as it establishes itself as the latest COVID getaway destination.

The country, which is not yet on the UK’s travel red-list, appears to be the new destination of choice for global jet-setters and could rocket in popularity after travel from influencer magnet Dubai was banned on Friday.


Lady in red: Wearing a red satin dress, TOWIE’s Chloe took to Instagram to share clips of herself at a local outpost of Bagatelle

Sing: She then turned the camera on co-star Frankie who, bedecked in a white ensemble, danced and sang with all their might

Crowd: The venue was packed with revellers, who appeared to be making the most of their time outside of a lockdown zone

Popstar Dua Lipa, and model Lottie Moss are among those that have been pictured in the Central American country in recent weeks.

Travel abroad is now banned from the UK without a legally permitted reason, Home Secretary Priti Patel announced on Wednesday, as she criticised influencers for ‘showing off in sunny parts of the world’.

Earlier this month, Dua Lipa shared pictures to her 60 million Instagram followers of her with her boyfriend Anwar Hadid – who is also model Gigi Hadid’s brother – and a group of friends together in Mexico.

In one series of pictures, the group were seen crowded together on a rooftop overlooking a jungle below, and while the post didn’t have a location tagged, a number of news outlets – including Harpers Bazaar – reported that they were in the country.

The move to ban travel to and from Dubai sparked an influencer exodus this week – although two defiant fitness bloggers boasted on Instagram about ‘testing their luck’ and getting the ‘last flight out’ to the emirate.

Love and marriage? Should restrictions also see the British government ban incoming flights from Mexico, Demi might be in luck, as Francesca was seen suggesting on her girlfriend’s Instagram Stories that she wants to marry the star

Pucker up: During a video clip, the glamorous TV personalities were seen showering one another with affection

While not on the UK’s travel red-list, Mexico has been one of world’s counties hardest hit by the coronavirus, with Friday seeing 1,434 newly confirmed COVID-19 deaths Friday, bringing its total for the pandemic to 156,579. 

The country also recorded 18,670 newly confirmed coronavirus infections, bringing the total to 1.84 million, although testing has been limited – as has its vaccination rollout. 

Travelling abroad has been banned from the UK unless an individual has been legally permitted to do so, with the Government explicitly saying that ‘travel abroad for holidays and other leisure purposes’ is illegal.

In addition, people coming from countries on the UK’s ‘red-list’ have been banned from entry, except for British and Irish nationals who are required to self-isolate in government-provided accommodation  for 10 days upon their return.

From 13:00 on Friday, the United Arab Emirates was added to the list, meaning anyone in Dubai would have to quarantine on their return to the UK, with Home Secretary Priti Patel criticised those who have been holidaying in the sun when they have been told to stay at home.

Jet-setter: Earlier this month, superstar British singer Dua Lipa (right) shared a pictured to her 60 million Instagram followers of her with a group of friends reportedly in Mexico, despite the UK travel ban


Pictured left: Dua Lipa and friends reportedly Mexico. Pictured right: Dua Lipa (right) pictured with her boyfriend Anwar Hadid (centre-right) – who is also model Gigi Hadid’s brother – and a group of friends together reportedly Mexico 

But this hasn’t stopped celebrities from travelling elsewhere, leading to hostile messages on Instagram and Twitter pages accusing them of recklessly spreading the virus and putting the NHS under increasing strain.

Many claim they jetted off for ‘unavoidable work trips’ – with some even going so far as to suggest that their social media posts should make them ‘key workers’.  

TOWIE stars Chloe Sims and Frankie Essex have both been pictured in Mexico this weekend, telling to her followers she had jetted to Mexico but because she had been presented with a work trip she ‘couldn’t turn down’.

Chloe took to Instagram and shared a series of bikini photos of herself after landing in celebrity hot spot Tulum. 

Insisting the trip was for work she wrote, in all-caps: ‘I HAVE ARRIVED IN MEXICO.. SO I WANTED TO GET AHEAD OF ANY NEGATIVE STORIES TO MAKE IT CLEAR, THIS IS FIRST & FOREMOST A WORK RELATED TRIP.

‘SOME OPPORTUNITIES HAVE PRESENTED THEMSELVES, THAT I FELT I COULD NOT TURN DOWN & SO AFTER FULLY CONSIDERING THE LATEST GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES. I DECIDED TO TRAVEL.’ 

Family outing: Chloe Sims appeared to take a break from her work duties as she and cousin Frankie Essex left a restaurant in Tulum, Mexico following lunch on Saturday

Chloe added she would be quarantining at her home in Essex as soon as she returns from the trip.  

She said: ‘OBVIOUSLY I WILL BE QUARANTINING IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LEGAL REQUIREMENTS UPON MY RETURN.’

Tulum is popular with stars including Drew Barrymore and Kristin Cavallari with Love Island’s Eyal Booker and girlfriend Delilah Belle Hamlin also recently visiting the city.

Lottie Moss, the younger sister of supermodel Kate Moss, has also been pictured in Mexico while telling her followers that it’s for a work trip.

The 23-year-old was pictured enjoying a boat party on a yacht earlier this month on January 21, drinking and dancing with friends. A source close to Lottie told MailOnline she’s in Mexico for work reasons.

She later wrote on her Instagram account: ‘Cats out the bag I guess – been working on something really fun for work out here can’t wait for you guys too see!’


Working hard: The TOWIE star revealed she had travelled to Mexico on a ‘work related trip’ amid Britain’s coronavirus lockdown

Former professional football player Jermaine Pennant also jetted off to Mexico after spending New Year’s in Dubai amid the novel coronavirus crisis.

Pennant, 38, has taken to Instagram in recent weeks to give fans a glimpse into his travels in both countries after he spent Christmas Day with his family in Nottingham.

While he hasn’t specified the reason for his trips abroad, Jermaine shared pictures of himself on the beach and at a golf course while in Mexico.

On Friday, Jermaine celebrated his birthday as he topped up his tan while at the beach and simply told his followers: ‘A sunny January is the way forward.’

The next day he posed for snaps while enjoying an outing at Taboo Tulum, a restaurant in Mexico.


For business? Despite appearing to flout COVID-19 lockdown restrictions by jetting abroad while international travel from England is banned, a source close to Lottie Moss told MailOnline she’s in Mexico for work reasons

Busy: Lottie Moss, pictured, later wrote on her Instagram account after being seen in Mexico, ‘Cats out the bag I guess – been working on something really fun for work out here can’t wait for you guys too see!’

American Sam Cushing, a gay influencer, is another to have faced a backlash after he travelled to Mexico ahead of New Year’s Eve. He later issued an apology to his 500,000 followers on January 13.

‘After much introspection, it feels too strange to move forward without acknowledging recent comments,’ Cushing wrote in the post, which was screenshotted and shared widely on social media, according to Pink News.

‘To those who were upset – I hear you, I really do. I apologise, and take full accountability. I’ll continue to take matters seriously, and promote mitigation measures as I always have (i.e. sanitation, masks, testing).

A number of gay influencers have been ‘exposed’ by an Instagram account by the name of GaysOverCovid, which has been sharing information about influencers breaking coronavirus rules by partying and travelling abroad.

The LA Times also reported that a group of top gym-going influencers from Los Angeles also travelled to Tulum, posting pictures of themselves working out at the beach resort.

Life’s a beach: Former footballer Jermaine Pennant posted showing he had travelled to Mexico from Dubai. On Friday he shared a selfie while celebrating his birthday by being on the beach

backlash: American Sam Cushing (pictured) a gay influencer, is another to have faced a backlash after he travelled to Mexico ahead of New Year’s Eve. He later issued an apology to his 500,000 followers on January 13

Meanwhile, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador posted a video of himself walking slowly through his offices Friday and talking for about 13 minutes straight, saying he is recovering from COVID-19.

Lopez Obrador has not been holding his famous, hours-long daily press conferences for the first time since he took office on Dec. 1, 2018, and he evidently misses the opportunity to talk.

The president, who has been in isolation since testing positive for the coronavirus over the weekend, said: ‘The doctors tell me I am getting through the critical stage. I am doing well.’

Laura Anderson claims flying to Dubai was ‘a coping mechanism’ 

 

By Laura Fox for MailOnline 

Laura Anderson has insisted that flying to Dubai was ‘a coping mechanism’ during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Love Island star, 31, said she ‘felt guilty the whole time’ she was away after claiming she’d flown to the UAE for a ‘business trip’ following backlash towards influencers bending travel restrictions to fly abroad. 

During an Instagram Q and A, after being asked whether she felt guilty about being in Dubai, she said: ‘I felt guilty the whole time. I don’t think anyone realised how bad the strain would get, and how quickly. So hearing people upset, I felt horrific.’ 

He has been receiving treatment at his apartment in the colonial-era National Palace, where he also has offices.

Lopez Obrador said that Mexico will import the AstraZeneca vaccine from India and said that the government expects China’s CanSino vaccine to submit test results soon.

Along with Russia’s Sputnik vaccine, he said, Mexico expects to have 6 million doses of various vaccines by the end of February and 12 million in March.

He said that could allow all elderly people in Mexico to get at least one shot. So far, Mexico has been using only the Pfizer vaccine and has been administering second doses as scheduled.

However, Mexico has only about 760,000 Pfizer doses, about half the amount it needs just to vaccinate front-line health personnel.

The country reported 1,434 newly confirmed COVID-19 deaths Friday, bringing its total for the pandemic to 156,579. However, Mexico has an extremely low rate of testing, and estimates of excess deaths suggest the real toll to date is over 195,000.

The country also recorded 18,670 newly confirmed coronavirus infections, bringing the total to 1.84 million.

The recent surge in cases lost Mexico its only state that was considered in the low risk category, with the federal Health Department revealing that Campeche was once again in the moderate risk category.

The Gulf coast state had previously scheduled a reopening of schools because it was at the lowest risk category, with low levels of infection and hospitalizations. It was unclear whether its change in status would have any effect on the school plans.

Amid mounting public anger, Priti Patel criticised those who have been holidaying in the sun when they have been told to stay at home. 

She said going on holiday was ‘not an exemption’ as she unveiled a strict borders clampdown to slow the spread of the virus, telling the Commons: ‘People should simply not be travelling. 

‘We see plenty of influencers showing off where they are – mainly sunny places.’

As the criticism intensifies, members of the public appear to be taking umbrage with their tone deaf posts from Dubai – now dubbed ‘Covid Cosablanca.’ 

Hostile messages on Instagram and Twitter pages are accusing them of recklessly spreading the virus and putting the NHS under increasing strain. 

Many claim they jetted off for ‘unavoidable work trips’ – with some even going so far as to suggest that their social media posts should make them ‘key workers’. 

Laura Anderson, who appeared on Love Island in 2018, moaned about how ‘hard it was to be an influencer’ after she was met with a backlash about her Dubai trip, before claiming she went as a ‘coping mechanism’ to deal with COVID.

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