For one week, all island residents deemed non-essential workers have been told to stay in their homes, a directive by Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero to curtail the rate of infection, in light of 105 positive cases reported Thursday.
And if the executive orders are disobeyed, this could result in misdemeanor charges.
The Department of Public Health and Social Services has issued clarifications on what constitutes a violation of the governor’s executive orders and according to the memo, it’s any condition that presents a danger to life or is injurious to health which the Public Health director deems a public nuisance.
This includes not using a face mask, not complying with social distancing of at least 6 feet, and not complying with the required number of individuals allowed for social gatherings.
Business owners are also deemed a public nuisance if they do not enforce these measures or fail to implement the industry-specific guidance plans developed in alignment with the COVID-19 prevention and control measures.
If a business or individual is found to be violating these directives they can be on the hook for a misdemeanor if found guilty. This means that an individual could be fined $1,000 and up to a year in jail.