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Don’t Get Caught Maskless, On The Spot Fines Effective From Monday

Fools mucking around in public without a mask will be slapped a on the spot fine. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama reiterated that this was one of the simple measures to slow
08 Jul 2021 20:51
Don’t Get Caught Maskless, On The Spot Fines Effective From Monday
Police officers with members of the public who were not wearing masks or not wearing them properly on July 3, 2021, Photo: Leon lord

Fools mucking around in public without a mask will be slapped a on the spot fine.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama reiterated that this was one of the simple measures to slow the spread and prevent more cases of severe disease and death from COVID-19.

“These are not children we’re trying to reach, these are full-grown adults. Still, some will not listen. Because common sense is not so common for some, new penalties will take effect from next week:

-​If you’re one of the fools mucking about in public without a mask, you will receive a fine on the spot.

-If you do not comply with the curfew hours, you will be fined.

-​ If patrons of your business are not wearing a mask, they will be fined and so will your business.

-​If you hold any social gathering; if you play contact sports; if you violate a home quarantine or isolation order; if you consume kava or liquor with others outside of your home; or if you leave a containment area, you will be fined.

Mr Bainimarama said Government has gone to every length imaginable to get the word out.

“We’ve published this guidance everywhere we can –– on billboards, on radio, on social media, and on television –– in all three languages. And we’ve been doing so for more than one year. We even have teams of people –– including the RFMF –– going around with hailers to communities telling adults to wear masks, to not share cigarettes or bowls of grog, and respect the rules we have in place.”

The Police, designated staff of the Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport and the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission will be given powers to enforce these new penalties, he said.

The spot fines range from $20 for individuals and up to S4,000 to companies depending on the severity of the offence.

“We’re serving fines so that we don’t crowd our cells with offenders. We hope these fines serve as a deterrence. We don’t want to lock people up and we don’t want your money. We want you to follow the rules. This is a matter of saving lives — and we will not hesitate to punish the reckless rule-breakers whose actions put the rest of the nation at risk.”

Mr Bainimarama said we must remain vigilant until more of us are protected.

  • Get vaccinated.
  • Wear your mask.
  • Maintain physical distance from others.
  • Install the careFIJI app.
  • And adhere to the instructions from Dr James Fong and his health teams.

 



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