CNMI adopts stricter curfew policy

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Beginning tonight, Monday, March 30, the CNMI Department of Public Safety will start enforcing a curfew starting from 7:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m.

Under the new policy, any adult or minor caught loitering in public spaces, buildings, and establishments in Saipan and other CNMI municipalities will be penalized.

The following are exempted from the curfew, according to the CNMI Governor’s Office:

  • Adults who work as first responders, such as medical workers and law enforcement workers;
  • Private sector employees on duty within the curfew hours, and;
  • Minors who are accompanied by their parent, guardian, or an adult, who are in the direct route driving and returning home, or who are lawfully employed during the hours specified.

As part of its amended public health emergency declaration, the CNMI Government, through DPS, will also start enforcing social distancing measures.

Any person who violates these directives may be imprisoned for a period not to exceed 30 days, and subject to 250 hours of community service, according to the CNMI Governor’s Office.

Meanwhile, the parent, guardian, or any adult person with custody of the minor who violated the directive shall be fined not more than $750.

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