A council leader issued a warning to residents to "stay local" as Covid cases continue to rocket, while she enjoyed an exotic holiday in the Maldives.
Angie Dale, leader of the local authority in Richmondshire asked those in the area to "heed the stay local message" after the government moved the North Yorkshire district into Tier 3 on December 31, just days before a national lockdown was implemented by the government.
Despite the press release by Richmondshire District Council being sent out on January 8, Dale and her loved ones were in fact sunning themselves on the Maldivian island of Kudahuvadhoo.
The document went on to say that those in the area "should not travel out of their local village or town unless absolutely necessary," before adding: "the number of Covid cases is rising dramatically every day and we are told we haven’t reached the peak yet, so it is vitally important that people heed the stay local message."
It's believed that Angie Dale left for her break in the exotic location before the area was moved into Tier 3 on Christmas eve.
However, opposition leaders have slammed her decision to jet away from England during the pandemic.
Leader of the Conservative opposition, Councillor Yvonne Peacock told The Northern Echo: "I think it is disappointing when we are in lockdown and people are suffering that the leader of the council is not in the country
"In the first wave we kept very safe in the upper Dales but unfortunately now we are getting increasing numbers of people with the Covid virus.
"We are very nervous of this and I am urging everyone to follow the rules because it is getting very serious here, reflecting the rest of the country."
While Councillor Leslie Rowe, leader of The Green Party and Independent group added: "It seems to me to be the height of hypocrisy to be issuing that press release when in the Maldives, having flown from Manchester which I believe meant moving from a Tier 3 to Tier 4 area in itself.
"As the leader of a district council, she should be setting an example for the rest of us."
Dale's deputy, Helen Grant, confirmed to the publication that she had in fact taken a holiday and described it as a "personal matter".
It's believed that Angie was set to fly back to Britain next week - with new rules meaning that she will not be required to self-isolate as the government website states that the Maldives is part of a travel corridor.
Daily Star has approached Angie Dale for comment.