Two persons sentenced to prison for breaching compulsory quarantine order

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4th May 2021 – (Hong Kong)   Two persons were sentenced by the magistrates’ courts today for violating the Compulsory Quarantine of Certain Persons Arriving at Hong Kong Regulation (Cap. 599C) and the Compulsory Quarantine of Persons Arriving at Hong Kong from Foreign Places Regulation (Cap. 599E). 

The first case involved a man aged 61, who was earlier issued a compulsory quarantine order stating that he must conduct quarantine at home for 14 days. Before the expiry of the quarantine order, he was found to have taken off his wristband and left the place of quarantine on 21st June, 2020, without reasonable excuse nor permission given by an authorised officer and was stopped by an immigration officer at the Shenzhen Bay Control Point. He was charged with two counts of contravening Sections 8(4) and 8(5) of the Compulsory Quarantine of Certain Persons Arriving at Hong Kong Regulation (Cap. 599C) and was sentenced by the Tuen Mun Magistrates’ Courts today to immediate imprisonment for a total 21 days for the two charges.

The second case involved a man aged 77, who was earlier issued a compulsory quarantine order stating that he must conduct quarantine at a hotel for 14 days. Before the expiry of the quarantine order, he left the place of quarantine several times between 22nd and 28th September 2020, and he was also found to have taken off his electronic wristband, without reasonable excuse nor permission given by an authorised officer. He was charged with eight counts of contravening sections 8(1), 8(4) and 8(5) of the Compulsory Quarantine of Persons Arriving at Hong Kong from Foreign Places Regulation (Cap. 599E) and was sentenced by the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts today to immediate imprisonment for 30 days for each of the eight charges, which are to run concurrently.

Breaching a quarantine order is a criminal offence and offenders are subject to a maximum fine of HK$25,000 and imprisonment for six months. A spokesman for the Department of Health said the sentences send a clear message to the community that breaching a compulsory quarantine order is a criminal offence that the Government will not tolerate, and solemnly reminded the public to comply with the regulations. As of today, a total of 132 persons have been convicted by the courts for breaching compulsory quarantine orders and have received sentences including immediate imprisonment for up to 14 weeks or a fine of up to HK$15,000. The spokesman reiterated that resolute actions will be taken against anyone who has breached the relevant regulations.

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