Government in Grenada to increase quarantine breach fine to EC$25,000

Government in Grenada to increase quarantine breach fine to EC$25,000

The Grenada Government is amending the 1947 Quarantine Act to increase the penalty for individuals who breach the Quarantine (Covid-19) regulations. At present the maximum fine for breaching the quarantine regulations is EC$10,000.

According to Now Grenada, the amendment which will be laid in the House on Wednesday, 2 December 2020, the Bill is seeking to amend section 7 (2) to increase the maximum penalty from a fine of $10,000 and imprisonment for 6 months, to a fine of $25,000 and imprisonment for 1 year.

To date, 5 persons are known to be charged by law enforcement for breaching the Covid-19 regulations with the magistrate who dealt with the matter ordering fines ranging between EC$3,000 to EC$5,000. However, because of the nature of the Covid-19 and the impact it can have financially, economically and socially on the country, many citizens have been advocating for an increase in the penalty.

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