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Real Housewives of Cheshire star Dawn Ward has defended her decision to travel to Dubai for a lavish holiday.
The 47-year-old reality star was accused of 'flouting Covid-19 rules' alongside her co-star Nicole Sealey after they jetted to the United Arab Emirates on December 29.
However, at the time Cheshire was in Tier 3, which meant that international travel was not banned.
Addressing the criticism on social media, Dawn explained that she followed the rules and will have a test before returning to the UK.
"So not tier 4 or lock down I’m sorry that things are how they are but I have followed the rules and will test before I come home I spent all summer at home and have followed all guidelines," she wrote on Instagram.
Dawn and Nicole Sealey are currently enjoying a lavish holiday in Dubai
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Later, Dawn spoke to the Manchester Evening News from Dubai where she explained her situation further.
"We left in Tier 3. Before we left we had to get a Covid test and did everything we could to follow the guidelines.
"Since arriving in Dubai we've had masks on where possible and we've not been mingling with lots of people.
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She added: "We wouldn't have come if the government hadn't allowed us to."
Dawn revealed that her trip with Nicole had actually been in the diary from when Cheshire was in Tier 2.
"We booked the trip a month and a half before when Cheshire was in Tier 2.
"We're very aware of what's going on in the UK and it's dreadful."
Dawn explained that she didn't break any rules
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Since jetting out to the celeb-filled hot spot, Dawn has been sharing lots of sunny snaps as she enjoys her time on holiday.
They have also tucked into lots of lavish meals and even enjoyed a luxury stay at the FIVE Palm Jumeirah hotel.
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