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Man fined for breaching Grenada’s quarantine law

Man fined for breaching Grenada’s quarantine law

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ST GEORGE’S, Grenada – A magistrate slapped an EC$3 000 (One EC dollar=0.37 cents) fine on a returning national after he was found guilty of violating the quarantine protocol put in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Don Thomas became the first person to be charged under the Quarantine Act and was ordered to pay the fine immediately or spend six months in jail.

Grenada’s new health protocol to control and contain the spread of COVID-19 provides for each person entering the island to comply with the regulations before being allowed into the general society.

Thomas was charged under section eight of the regulations which notes in part that until a Health Officer determines that the person is free from infection the person shall submit himself or herself to a place of observation and isolation at his or her expense.

The regulations also calls for a prescribed test at the person’s expense at least once in seven calendar days until the person is a negative test is obtained.

Anyone contravening the legislation could on summary conviction be liable to a fine not exceeding EC$10,000.

Grenada presently has 28 positive COVID-19 cases. (CMC)