Fines for violating Covid-19 restrictions increased

Covid-19 sample being collected in Maldives | Photo: One Online

Male’, Maldives – Health Protection Agency (HPA) has increased fines for violating restrictions placed due to Covid-19.

Guidelines released yesterday by HPA stated that during the current state of public health emergency, it is important to follow guidelines set by the Director General of Public Health to control spread of the disease, and that it is everyone’s responsibility to support controlling the spread of transmittable disease

They added that people violating the said guidelines are committing a crime and announced larger fines for multiple violations.

For normal citizens the fines are as follows:

  • First offence : MVR 1,000
  • Second offence : MVR 3,500
  • Third offence : MVR 7,500
  • Fourth offence and onwards : MVR 10,000

The fine amounts are greatly increased for legal entities, and are as follows:

  • First offence : MVR 5,000
  • Second offence : MVR 25,000
  • Third offence : MVR 50,000
  • Fourth offence : MVR 75,000
  • Fifth offence and onwards : MVR 100,000

They further stated that the Director General of Public Health can choose to fine with the highest amount even without multiple violations. This can be done if any of the following violations occur:

  • If a person with a dangerous disease or suspected of such a disease ordered to self isolate or complete quarantine violates quarantine rules.
  • If a dangerous disease was found in an area or island and is then brought to monitoring status, travelling in and out of such areas without permission.
  • Withholding information of a person with or suspected of a dangerous disease.
  • Assist in or bringing a person with a dangerous disease to the Maldives.

Enforcing these guidelines and handing out any fines if necessary will be carried out by Maldives Police Service.