(AmericanProsperity.com) – As the highly infectious COVID-19 spreads across the country, many jails have begun releasing inmates to deal with overcrowding and contain the spread of the virus. At the same time, some states have been threatening jail time against those who violate quarantine orders.
In Hawaii, Gov. David Ige is threatening jail time for anyone who disobeys his order to stay inside. The only exceptions are for obtaining health care or food, taking care of others, or exercising. In addition, Ige has also signed an order to quarantine all incoming residents and tourists for 14 days. Disobeying could result in a $5,000 fine or one year behind bars.
MARCH 21, 2020: Today I issued a second supplemental emergency proclamation (https://t.co/nCAmi6Jh8f) ordering ALL individuals, both residents and visitors, arriving or returning to the State of Hawaiʻi to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine. #COVID19 #coronavirus pic.twitter.com/FQczZ4d0J9
— Governor David Ige (@GovHawaii) March 22, 2020
Other states currently threatening jail time for violating quarantine or isolation orders include Alaska, California, Michigan, Mississippi, and New Jersey. Charges are misdemeanors and, depending on the state, violators could face fines and jail time up to a year. Mississippi is the exception with a maximum punishment of up to five years in jail.
It’s clear they’re taking this pandemic seriously, and so should we.
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