A man received a $10,000 ticket last Thursday for breaching quarantine after he violated a mandatory order to remain at home until today, police said the day they issued the ticket.
The Tortola resident — who police said they won’t identify unless he is later charged — was the first to be fined for a quarantine violation since the latest Covid-19 suppression measures were issued, according to a police press release.
He has 21 days to pay the ticket, or he will be subject to court proceedings, the release noted.
Under the Imposition of a Curfew (No. 4) Order, 2021, anyone under a mandatory quarantine order — or directed by a quarantine officer appointed under the Quarantine Act to be in quarantine — is prohibited from leaving their home for the period in question, according to police.
In January, government increased the maximum fine for the offence from $1,000 to $10,000, police said.
Health officials have said that quarantine orders are intended to protect the public against any further outbreaks of Covid-19.
Anyone with information about quarantine violators is asked to notify the public health department at 468-2274, 468-2271 or 468-2285, or to call 911.