Fines and Imprisonment Proposed in Bill Sought by Governor to Enforce Coronavirus Restrictions

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In response to the Governor’s request for legislation granting her additional powers to enforce tougher curfew and travel restrictions to fight the coronavirus Speaker Tina Muna Barnes has released a draft measure that proposes both fines and imprisonment for violating “a declared health emergency.”

The bill proposes a fine of up to $5,000 or imprisonment of not more than one year for any person who violates an executive order “during a declared emergency to health or safety.”

According to the Speaker’s Office, this is the first of a number of bills under consideration to grant the enforcement powers the Governor seeks stop the spread of COVID-19.

READ the release from the Speaker’s Office in FULL below:

MEASURE INTRODUCED TO ALLOW FOR ENFORCEMENT OF EXECUTIVE ORDER

Hagatna, Guam – Heeding the Governor’s call to action, members of the 35th Guam Legislature introduced a measure to allow for the enforcement of Governor Lourdes A. Leon Guerrero’s Executive Order.

Given that our fight against COVID-19 relies heavily on the People of Guam’s adherence to the Social Distancing Guidelines, those who choose to violate these mandates, as well as other measures ordered by our Maga’Haga, can now be charged with a misdemeanor and face fines of up to $5,000 or up to a year in prison.

“We do this for our manamko’ , our children and parents who are eager for school to start again, our small businesses who are eager to open their doors again, our hospitality industry who is eager to generate millions of dollars into our economy. The quicker we flatten the curve – the quicker our lives return to normal” stated Speaker Muña Barnes.

The measure was cosponsored by Senators Jose “Pedo” Terlaje, Amanda Shelton, Regine Biscoe Lee, Kelly Marsh (Taitano) and Joe S. San Agustin. “Whatever the Governor needs to protect our People of Guam, I stand by my colleagues and we are ready to go to work.” stated Senator Jose Terlaje.