Man who violates quarantine protocol disciplined

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Kowloon City Magistrates' Courts

A 71-year-old man who violated the Compulsory Quarantine of Certain Persons Arriving at Hong Kong Regulation was disciplined by the Kowloon City Magistrates’ Courts on Sept. 30.

The quarantine violator received a 10 days’ imprisonment and was suspended for 12 months after leaving his place on June 25, without a reasonable excuse or permission from an authorized officer. He was earlier issued with a compulsory quarantine order stating that he must conduct quarantine at home for 14 days.

In a government announcement, breaching a compulsory quarantine order is a criminal offence and offenders are subject to maximum fine of HK$ 25,000 and imprisonment for six months.

A spokesman from the Department of Health said the sentence sends a clear message to the community that violating a quarantine order is taken seriously by the government. They reminded the public to follow the protocols and regulations

As of Sept. 30, 189 persons have been convicted by the courts for violating quarantine orders, some of them received sentences for up to 14 weeks of imprisonment or a HK$15,000 fine.